In following Duncan's advice, I uncovered or discovered items I'd brushed over. Stuff I let slide become irritants, and I have to figure out a better way of saying it. You get tired of the dead weight, so you hack and slash the lifeless prose. It becomes a test of "Do you want to read it again? What makes it worth reading multiple times?"
"A great story offends half its audience. It polarizes. It doesn't try to please everybody. It makes them think about things in life. An rating of 2.5 rating. Half love it, half hate it." -- Robert Sawyer and Dave Wolverton / David Farland in conversation