I'm having a hard time figuring out what scenes to include and exclude from my story. I have scenes in the story that can be looked as "fun" or a "breather" to spend time with the characters more or explore/expand on the world. But its been said that any scenes that don't advance the plot forward should be taken out. I understand that concept but a part of me wants to include scenes in the story of the character engaging in various activities in my world, they don't move the story forward but it gives reader more time with the character. My reason for including the scenes is because the scenes are looked at as a "Breather" scene and because i want my characters to interact with this world "normally" and not be written as a "plot-robot" I got the idea of these "Breather" or "Fun" scenes from Harry Potter. I think in HBP there was a scene in which Harry Ron Neville and some other guys was in the common room eating candy and showing off the effects of each candy. I felt like that was a "Fun" kind of scene. Of course the scene wasn't very long cuz of time but It doesn't move the story forward but it was a "fun" or a "breather" type scene and we get to see the characters interact with each other in a different way and some world building (Special effect candy). Same thing for Quidditch. That doesn't move the story forward but its plenty of scenes focusing on that in HBP (Half Blood Prince) Now there are MANY of these types of scenes in the Harry Potter films and i believe scenes like those makes HP films so much better because we get to see the characters interact in this wold like normal witches and wizards and everything they do is not always connected to voldermont or some other story plot. Is it okay to have these "Breather" or "Fun" type of scenes to spend more time with the characters and/or world? Like I just want to show the characters spending time with family or going on dates or shopping or trying new hobbies like piano lessons or tennis lessons etc etc; lol Like i was watching a soap opera and saw characters having girls night out and families having thanksgiving together with a little drama (like every family) and it was like they was acting like normal people lmao those types of scenes makes me fall in love with the characters.