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Topic: The Editor (05/27/10)
TITLE: Faceless Acquaintances
By Nancy Sullivan
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Editors are uniquely introduced to writers through their shared passion for the written word. From the beginning, they enjoy a freeing experience that bypasses the normal first impressions of face-to-face encounters.
Very quickly, this new relationship can develop into something very endearing or, in an outcome that may fall short of the writer’s search for validation, self-preserving.
In our micro wave society of the likes of e-mailing and texting, this electronic age has reduced our communication skills to abbreviated words and symbols. But when a writer pours his soul into a piece, whether an essay or a novel, the communication reaches depths that are quickly disappearing from most walks of life.
Instantly, the author shows his vulnerability, yet trust to a complete stranger. In turn, an editor who has faced the blue ink himself can show empathy toward the faceless acquaintance. Empathy that may not be found in any other encounter the writer has experienced.
This new relationship in many cases is a paradox: Deep, but short-lived. However, the results of this encounter can last a lifetime.
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