Have you heard the expression, “kill your darlings,” in reference to editing your work? If you’re a writer, you have.
And you do have to chop them to tiny bits. But instead of just getting rid of parts that don’t further the story, cut them out and put them in a different file. You could end up using them in other stories. Conversations that end up not fitting in? Sex scenes that are fun but really don’t have a place in what ends up being a political thriller? Side stories that show an aspect of the character’s growth, but contribute nothing else to the main plot?
Cut ’em up!
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