Make sure every scene in your story serves a purpose. Sometimes what ends up happening when we outline a story is that we add too many “connective tissue” scenes. These are scenes that connect one big, meaningful scene to the next, but chances are, the reader doesn’t need to know all of that information. If your reader can make a mental leap from “… and then he went to sleep,” to “The next morning, Tom woke up…” you don’t need to fill in a bunch of extra scenes with Tom putting on his PJs, getting into bed, setting the alarm, sleeping, tossing in his sleep, etc. We get it. He went to sleep. So, unless there’s something significant to the routine, or if an inciting incident is about to happen in the midst of Tom’s nightly ritual, you can skip it.