OMG, yes!! An in this era of self publishing, no one is telling authors stuff like that. They say they hire editors, but really they’re hiring proof-readers not people capable of pushing them to bone deep story editing.
That’s why it took Harper Lee over 2 years to finish To Kill A Mockingbird. And that book became what it did in no small part because of Tay Hohoff.
Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut and Margaret Atwood and Mary Oliver — and so many more — they have challenged me to think like no one else. Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett — to imagine and chase crazy ideas.
Despite what anyone says, I believe writing is a noble career because it is writers and creators or all sorts that affect the thinking of entire generations.
What a fantastic conversation — I’m so glad you found my little rant. ❤
P.S. I just followed you… so I don’t lose you in the madding crowd and will see your ponderings in my feed. Have a great weekend!