One trick you can use to help in revising your story, is going through the entire book, and for each scene ask the following ques tions:
- What is the current pov character attempting to do?
- Why are they doing this?
- What or who is preventing them from their goal?
- If they don’t reach the goal, what will happen?
- Do they succeed or fail?
- Is anything in this scene important to the main plot or any of the minor plots in the story?
When you’ve gone through the scenes in your book, make a note of the plot holes that exist, and use the above questions to help create the scene to fill the hole.
Remember, you don’t have to cut everything that doesn’t move the story forward. After all, your characters don’t’ live in a vacuum. Your characters need to be living, breathing people to your readers, not some stick figure going from point A to point B, doing this doing that… The End. They have every day lives which can get in the way of achieving a certain goal or task. You need some fluff, but don’t over do it.
Another thing to consider, when you are reading a book do you skip over parts? If so, ask yourself why. When you read through your work, keep in mind why you skipped over things in books you’ve read.