So I’m haggling with an editor of mine about the word count of the two pieces I am writing for the next issue of The Economist. Writers always want more words; editors want fewer words (they’d rather run more articles).
In this case, I lobbied passionately for one of the ideas, leading the editor, who happens to be the same one I’ve previously highlighted for her British humor, to comment that
I sense an obsession, and feel it may be good to indulge it.
With that, she upped my word count by 20%.
This is another instance not only of charm and British humor but also of good editing. Even if you are a writer editing yourself, it is good advice:
Sense your obsession, then indulge it. It may be infectious.