Thank God for Communications Arts & Science. I studied advertising and mass media.
Later, after college, is when I discovered reading for pleasure. And, actually, I had been writing since junior high. I just needed some training. At any rate, I do not think like an editor. Editors are very special people with a very special skill set. I have, and have had, the privilege of working with and becoming friends with some great ones, though I still have a long way to go in understanding the mind of an editor.
Here's a great post from a "recovering editorial assistant" on the four stages of the "Editorial Cycle," that lends some insight into the editorial mind. At least I could recognize some of my friends, and some of myself, in it. I imagine authors go through some similar stages too. In fact, YA author Libba Bray, wrote this blog post about falling in and out of love with a novel she is writing. I heard her speak at BookExpo a couple years ago. Hilarious.