Connecting The Dots

Someone wise once had to say something even wiser about writing: the writer's purpose is being a servant to his story, not the other way around. Everything that happens in the story should always be a reflection of it. No unnecessary landscape descriptions for the sole purpose of filling pages or to show off certain verbal abilities, no introduction of secondary characters, unless they have some significance, nothing except laying the groundwork for the main events. In my case, this means some elements of the story will have to go. There are certain sidenotes I considered quirky and unique, but the wise man is right. It's not about pleasing my ego. I shouldn't distract the reader unless it's part of the story. So, I won't do that anymore. Thank you, Mr Pullman.