I would never get a book written or finished for that matter if I was hung up on every word. Although I enjoy being creative with words and that brings out the pleasure of writing. Instead of it being a sacrifice and pick and choose what you say instead of letting it flow out naturally!
Freedom for self expression is all in not holding back the divinity of words.
The point being, I'm sure, that you write with care. Care for the reader, which translates to quality.
I would argue that Douglas Adams put all those "pointless tangents" into his story completely on purpose. His words were chosen carefully. The essence of the humor may have been spontaneous when he drafted the book, but I know he went back and cleaned the language up to make it as polished and wonderful as it is.
I know exactly how you feel! Writing can be very painful, especially if you end up getting writer's block too, on top of writing a book that just does not want to come out.
If you think about how much each word would cost, you would certainly limit your word count and use one word instead of four or five, and that's a good way to write. Of course, your first draft should be as long as you need it to be. It's the finished product that counts, or costs you money. I want to take this quote to heart.
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For me, one of the funniest most enjoyable reads is The Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy, if all the extra words, the unnecessary asides and pointless tangents were removed I doubt if the book would have ever reached cult status.
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