We as writers share our souls when we show our creations to the world. We are telling simple truths about who we are and how we view the world. The characters we create are often conjured from our own experiences and the settings we create are the very places we use to escape our everyday lives. We tread a fine rope between reality and fantasy. We have to. We have no choice.
That being said, an editor brings us crashing down from the clouds we float across on a daily basis. We land smack dab in the land of reality. Our worlds are shattered and stained in blood from the red pen that belongs to the one person we want to say, "I love it. It's perfect."
In reality, we are unable to see the holes in our plots, the mistakes of dialogue from the characters we create and the many, many, many grammatical errors we make. Editors make us grow as writers. They stand in the background and let us shine. In fact, they force us to shine and push the boundaries of what we create.
I believe Stephen King said it best, "To edit is divine."