A relative, 10 years after beginning his Ph.D. thesis, still hadn’t finished. Couldn’t get it just right. Knew it would be scrutinized. Wanted to make it right; didn’t want to be caught in imprecision, or worse yet, error. 10 years. Not finished.
Two years ago I had a similar problem. Trained as a lawyer, being a publisher and editor, I live in a world of words. They’re important; they’re permanent. I am accountable for what I write, and for what my company publishes. Words will endure. They need to stand on their own, be thorough, be accurate, be complete.