Remove clichés. These overused expressions are unnecessary and only take up space. If you can remove clichés and still make your point, do it. Phrases like the following add nothing to your novel: innocent as a lamb, following the footsteps of, sacred cow, save for a rainy day, no skin off my nose.
Practice brevity. If you can say it in fewer words, do it.
Wordy: Based on my many past experiences as a recipient of her invitation I have been aware of his presence.
Better: Every time she invites me, he’s there.
Eliminate redundancies. A redundancy is an unnecessary repetition. It’s saying the same thing more than once, sometimes in a different way but still boringly repetitious.
Redundant: You have to get rid of that dog. That dog has to go. No more dog.
Better: Get rid of the dog.
Choose concise nouns:
youth juvenile, child, teenager
woman mistress, matron, femme fatale
house mansion, castle, cabin, cottage
Use vivid verbs to create clear images:
Leave behind abandon
Light up ignite
Choose simple words:
has the capacity to can
on the occasion of when
in reference to about
Eliminate modifiers that do not enhance meaning such as:
very, actually, quite, really, much, totally, already
With careful editing and an eye for simplicity and brevity you can write a clear and concise novel that will enable your readers to enjoy your story rather than stumble through a mountain of unnecessary verbiage.