I've read a few writers say this,when asked about their work,and want to know how true it is. The (published) author will say that they cut out large segments...completely rewrote parts...changed the plot line...There was one quote I read from a prominent writer,someone here I'm sure will enlighten me who,and he said something to the effect that you must edit out everything that's not immediately relevant to the plot,to paraphrase. I'm thinking it's HG Wells,for some reason. But surely the whole point of writing is to say a lot more than just what is happening.. It can't surely just be,x said this,and then y did that,so z did this... I worry that I might be told to edit it down,but this isn't some magazine article or police statement...it's supposed to be a work of art/fiction/storytelling. Has anyone had this problem,or can someone give advice on how best to deal with it? I know they say,why use three words when you can use one...but we're writers. Surely we decide if we want to do that?