One of the things that can unwisely eat up a writer’s time is when they encounter words, phrases or entire sentences that they aren’t sure about. For most people, that will mean turning it over and over in their head, trying out various things until they decide on something they like.
If you find yourself frequently falling in this trap, here’s a suggestion: next time you encounter something that you’re unsure of, just delete it. Take it out like trash. Sure, you may be removing something good; chances are, however, that you’re just taking out something bad (or, at best, something benign). Why else would you be in doubt about it, after all?
Once you take out the source of confusion, then rewrite the line. If the sequence reads fine (both grammatically and contextually) even without the part you took out, then leave it as is. This ruthless attitude is a necessary one for new writers to develop, as it can lead to better efficiency in how they review and revise their own writing.
Too many writers tend to get attached to what they write, almost like the piece wouldn’t function correctly if a word, a phrase or a sentence is taken out. If that particular element is one that has you thinking twice, don’t even consider it — just cut it out. You’ll be a happier writer for it.