The poet Jane Miller took a certain pleasure in confounding her students by repeating, as a kind of mantra, that thinking and feeling are “the same, but different”. (But the same, she would add.)
The quirk or eccentricity that makes you different is often the very thing that defines your voice, or sets in motion your particular story, whether fiction or nonfiction.

But you must identify it.

That's why I think it's important to get into the writer’s head. The next step is to shape the manuscript, looking at structure and line-level edits.

Editors at publishing houses used to do this work. More recently, literary agents took it on. Now many agents feel they’re too busy for the pick and shovel work that’s required for virtually every manuscript, even those produced by published writers.

This leaves the writer with the task - and expense - of finding the right editor.  I’m known as an environmental writer, but I also have an MFA in fiction. I have taught both fiction and non-fiction workshops, and because I’ve studied both genres formally, I can draw from both toolboxes. As a longtime journalist, I bring high standards of accuracy and research to the work.

Feel free to contact me to discuss your work.

Freelancer’s Association suggested rates for book editing