"Killing your darlings" - as they put it - is hard. Every writer knows that. So, here are four ways to make a scene matter, which will give your scenes a chance to avoid ending up on the cutting room floor, so to speak. Another thing that might help save your scene is by reading this post on filter words and phrases to avoid in writing fiction, and seeing how the tips in it can help you. Actually, that post will potentially help in the re-writing and editing phases, regardless of whether your scene is in danger of being deleted or not.
Speaking of editing - and whether you plan to hire a professional editor or not - you may wish to check out these useful tips for self-editing a manuscript.
Of course, before you can edit, you need to write something. So, let's focus on that for a moment...
OK, so... Here's a little reminder to stop changing hats when it comes to your characters. In other words, don't force your character to become something they're not to fit the way you want the story to go. If you can't be consistent with your character and still have the story head in the direction you wanted to, you need to find some other way to make it work. Either that, or you have to change your plans for the story.
Another thing you should avoid is information dumping. One way to avoid this is to have a bard in your story. This works best in fantasy, but it can work in other genres too. So... Have you been considering including a bard in your story? If you have, here are some tips to writing bards in fiction.
Regardless of what kinds of characters your book contains though, you might want to distinguish your characters with dialect.
Also, don't forget that - regardless of whether your ideas come from real life experiences or not - you need to write fiction that is believable.
Finally, if you missed seeing my post from Sunday about the Smashwords 2017 Summer/Winter Sale, you may want to go check that out.