My most important piece of advice to all you would-be writers: when you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip. ~~ Elmore Leonard
Leonard has it just right. No matter how well you write and how much you love a certain passage in your book or story, if it doesn't move the story forward, readers are going to skip reading it.
It takes real talent and brutal honesty to delete a passage that you love. If it doesn't work for the current story, there's no need to hang onto it.
Note: This post is short because I removed all the fluff....