We often struggle with ‘killing our darlings’ during the editing process (ie deleting lines or sections from a manuscript that should no longer be there).
Here’s my top tip for getting past the angst and doing the right thing and removing it (because be honest, you know the problem you have making that section work is because that line or paragraph shouldn’t be there!)
Create an ‘outtakes’ folder.
Save anything you remove in there in case you want to use it later. You almost never will, but it’ll give you peace of mind that you haven’t deleted the best line ever written by man woman or beast.
Here’s one of my outtakes:
This is an ‘outtake’ from my third novel Life, Slightly.
I still love it as a passage but it slowed down the action and wasn’t necessary.
Still, it’s there if I ever want to do anything with it later.
Hope that helps a little.