Have you ever read a story where the character starts going through their day–they get up, brush their teeth, get their breakfast–lots of boring details, but nothing happens? It makes you want to put the book or manuscript down. It’s a mistake a lot of beginning writers make.
Readers don’t want to read those details. If they’re not important to the story–if they don’t move the story forward–they should be cut from the story.
Read more about how to do this in Helen Ginger’s blog post Happening Scenes.