Who can confidently say what ignites a certain combination of words, causing them to explode in the mind? Who knows why certain notes in music are capable of stirring the listener deeply, though the same notes slightly rearranged are impotent?"
This is one of my favourite quotes from The Elements of Style, Strunk and White's seminal text for editors. There is a certain mystery and magic in writing. But there is also a method. As an editor, whether I am working in fiction or non-fiction, I love nothing more than to bring together the method and the magic of words to help writers create their best work.