Gardening and editing have a lot in common. Recently my husband who in gardening terms is known as, “he who mows”, wanted me to remove some self-seeded plants from the tarmac along the wall of the coach house. Some people call them “motorway daisies” as they do particularly well on roadside verges. I argued to keep them and am glad I did. This was the reward.
With editing your writing, where the advice is to cut description, cut extra flowery bits, cut and cut some more, have you ever felt in danger of losing words that you value? Felt pushed to weed out gems? Have you taken out sections you wish you had left in?