As I was writing my novel I was free to let the ideas flow and capture the essence of the story on paper. Now that I'm writing I not only have to make sure that the story flows, I have to make sure I have a constant voice and that I am truly painting the picture that I thought I was. One of the toughest parts is deciding to remove material that seemed crucial to the story but which adds no appreciable value.
In fact I have found there are a few sections that I wrote which do nothing for the story except bog it down and confuse the storyline. Now I can't bear to actually delete these sections. What I have done is removed them and placed them in another document for safe keeping in case I feel they have something to contribute to the story at a later date. They are almost like children. Just because they don't fit in doesn't mean we throw them away. We keep them and nurture them so that they may blossom in their own time.
Who knows I may actually take some of these sections and create a new story.