While editing my first novel, I came across a few words and sentences that sat quietly on the pages. They didn’t hurt my story, but they also didn’t make it stronger. So after analyzing them for a while, I decided to cut most of them, and the rest I rewrote.
It’s easy to fall in love with our words and our writing, but don’t get too attached. Some sentences may appear in your manuscript, but are not necessary. Some paragraphs exist to simply fill the page or the chapter, but your story may be better off without them. Watch out for wordy sentences and useless descriptions of things that are not important.
Remember, we want our readers to enjoy our stories and to keep reading—not to stop reading, or to skip pages.