“[T]hey are trying to find the right word, to choose, finally, the one that is most exact, most incisive. It’s a process of sifting, which is exhausting and, at times, exasperating. Writers can’t avoid it. The heart of the craft lies there.” ~
While the quote above singles out the process of writing, I, as a seasoned editor, must reassure you of the following fact: Editing is an identical discipline in terms of its “exhausting” and “exasperating” demands for a commitment to the “sifting” of each draft with a fine-tooth comb.