Read the draft. You will reread your book maybe fifty times by the time it’s ready. Get over it.
1-Beginning. Does your story start right in the middle of the conflict? Don’t beat around the bush, engage the reader. What’s at stake? The reader needs a hook. You need to make them curious enough to read the first few pages and empathize with your characters.
2-The middle. Every single scene and dialogue needs to move the story forward. The reader needs to learn something either about the plot or about a character. If the story does not move forward take the scene/chapter out! You will learn to recognize that slight itch in the back of your brain, that little voice telling you that maybe a chapter (or a paragraph) doesn’t need to be there. They don’t. Take them out, now. Like, now. I can almost hear you say, “But I really loved that sentence! That line was so funny…” Yes, but that does not justify the scene around it. Save the good lines for an awesome scene that won’t bore your readers to death.
Thank you for reading and happy writing ^_^