Find the hot spot and cut the nonessential sentences. You can ignore the tangent or write free form. As an alternative to flashbacks use backflashes.; if your story is slogging go in an opposite direction and come back when you feel comfortable. Jump cut out data and come back at a later point. Shut down and relive your scenes; find time to recapture your vision and inspiration as a writer. The terms that are in bold are detailed as glossary terms on this blog.
–Richard Milleville, The Passionate Novel