Writer, meet your editor. Editor, meet your writer. If you two have not met each other yet, you may be in for a big surprise. You may take a while to recognize each other. Whether you live in two different brains or you both live in the same brain, you may be shocked at how different you are.
If you have found each other, consider yourselves the luckiest of friends. What strange creatures each of you would be without the other. You, writer, are the secret spring on the lush mountainside, gushing what the world needs to survive. You, editor, are the banks and the channels that bring the gush into town. You are the fountain in the middle of the town square.
You can never be happy without each other. That's because you, writer, are thinking of yourself most of the time. You have to. We want you to. We want no restraints on you. But you, editor, are looking at the very same words and thinking of someone else, another creature altogether: a reader! Imagine that.
You two could never be happy without each other, but don't step on each others toes. You could each dance alone if you wanted to, but how beautiful you are when you dance together.