I’ve been guilty of this myself in writing classes. You drive yourself crazy staring at every sentence and worrying about getting just the right word or phrase.
Any good reader scans when they read. We only absorb a few words in each sentence. The more enraptured I get the faster I read a great story. It reaches a point where my eyes are skipping entire sentences. I get excited and want to see what happens next. Who is the killer? If I read too long, like an entire 400 page book in a day, then I read the last chapters way too fast and skip too much detail. I often reread them later to get the details.
It’s the poor struggling reader that uses his finger. Jack…walked…up…the…hill…to…fetch…a…pail…of…water. No wonder they hate reading. I’d hate reading too if I had to read every word.
I almost feel sorry for these authors that beat themselves up over choosing the perfect word or obsessing over a comma.
We don’t see that 60% of that stuff when we read.