“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
This has been one of the most important lessons I have learned as I have become a writer, the fine art of taking away words until you are saying precisely what you wish to say, and nothing more.
I find it so satisfying to edit down to the meat of the meaning, carefully ferreting out the exact, perfect word to express myself well. Sure, it takes a fairly obsessive person to do this kind of work, but some of us cannot help ourselves.
Celebrate that part of yourself who must find the right word to communicate with others! The ability of human beings to communicate in words is a miracle in and of itself. Why not do it well?