I'm heavily into editing this week. It's tough going but I think I'm making headway. One thing I'm discovering as I go along is whenever I hit that wall - you know the feeling where you catch yourself procrastinating and can't get then energy to drag yourself back to work? Well, whenever that happens I'm finding there's something fundamentally wrong with the scene itself, either it's not needed at all or it's the wrong viewpoint. Often times the whole scene is redundant. I find that in the early stages of writing a story you write a lot of stuff that turns out to be unnecessary, it's part of the process of discovering the characters and exploring the story world. I'm trying to trust my instincts in this edit. If my heart isn't in it, that's a sign that something radical needs to change.
What about you? Do you have any tell tale signs that signal a need for radical editing?