I write something and then think, "I can't leave that. It's too [mushy][crude][lame][stupid]."
We are trained to be lean, mean writing machines. It's all about story arc, tension, and micro-tension. You've gotta have voice and style and tone. You've gotta be polished. Perfect. Publishable.
Yet sometimes I feel like I'm editing the guts out of my work. There is such a thing as too much revision. I recall reading something by an editor who lamented that new authors are like over-eager English students, who when you ask them to change something, change it so completely that they lose the spirit of the original work.
"When we speak we are afraid
Our words will not be heard nor welcomed.
But when we are silent, we are still afraid.
So it is better to speak.” - Audre Lorde
"Today we are afraid of simple words like goodness and mercy and kindness. We don't believe in the good old words because we don't believe in good old values anymore. And that's why the world is sick." - Lin Yu-tang
"Studying craft... can create timid writers. Ones who are afraid to make giant awkward splashes and instead write safe, neat sentences that may conform to guidelines but are often uninspired. There is a time for rules in writing, but one should only cage the beast after it has been let free to run and wrestle and tumble in the mud until it is exhausted and ready to collapse, willingly, inside the cage." - Rebecca Hargreaves
Have you ever been afraid of words? How did you overcome it? Or are you still working to find the right balance?