What fits into the story?
When writing a story many ideas will come to you; sometimes the gates of inspiration will be open and a flood of characters, circumstances and themes will overtake you. You may be tempted to incorporate all in your story, after all, you may think – they came to you while writing that particular story. Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. Some things may not fit in the current chain of events, and may fit later – or not fit at all. However, write down these ideas as they will become fuel for other writing projects.
When editing your current story, mind how things fit together. Cut out what doesn’t fit right or what seems lengthy and does not contribute anything to it. Readers will devour a story with an easy flow . The Twilight Saga from Stephenie Meyer is a good example of mammoth books with excellent flow for the reader.