Hallie Gay Walden Bagley was recently featured on Rookstool Interviews where she discussed how her past jobs prepared her for her current career.
My favorite story about the Paris Review preparing me has to do with my boss, George Plimpton, Editor in Chief. George was a former Harvard English major and editor of the Harvard Lampoon and to my mind, he was a genius editor. I would try to edit short stories before giving them to him, and he would red pencil the very same short story and I would see how much of a structural editing genius he was: he would take three paragraphs from page 5 move it to page 1 then take two sentences from page 2 and pile them into the middle. He knew how to change the structure of a piece. Then I had to transfer his edits into the final magazine so I like to say that I had a double PhD in editing because not only did I try to edit first, but then I got to study the talented edits of a true master because of the transcription of his work into the literal magazine. Now when I approach a piece of writing, I like to think of writing as sculpture and try to put a scaffold up against it that will enable strong pure edits.Hallie Gay Walden Bagley, Rookstool Interviews
You can read the full interview by visiting: https://www.rookstoolinterviews.com/hallie-gay-walden-bagley/