The other day I was editing a scene from the sequel to Dark Metropolis and I realized what the problem had been with the original: I had added in boring parts, subconsciously, because "it's more realistic".
Once I noticed this I realized how often I do it.
I will feel the need to add some extra characters no one cares about, because I simply feel like, realistically, more people would be involved in these endeavors.
Or I drag out a scene because, well, come on, realistically things probably wouldn't happen THAT fast.
Or I make characters more boring than they need to be because some little voice in my head says, "Realistically, not all the people my MC comes across would be fascinating and awesome. Some people are just dull!"
I am going to try to banish the word "realistically" from my vocabulary--well, or at least pare it back. It's one thing to get serious research details wrong, but the actual storytelling? Well, it probably shouldn't be TOO realistic.