When I edit works, other people's or my own, I am always looking for that perfect word.
Merriam Webster online really gets a workout when I am searching for words. Do I mean this or that? Is it spelt correctly? What's in the Thesaurus that might sound better?
And God forbid me to use the same descriptive word twice.
I have got to find words that I can use without misuse and overuse. Bored readers are not what I want. I want people to enjoy as well as understand the pieces.
A tall order to say the least but that's what writing is. It's not just grammar and spell check. Writing is about conveying several ideas at once in a clear, concise, and albeit fun manner.
Because who doesn't want to have fun?
The only secret to writing is making it look easy.