On Sunday I went to my critique group and read some fabulous chapters, we had great discussions, but there was an underlying theme to the afternoon.
All of our work had been edited from previous versions and everyone had places where we wanted more explanation or something seemed out of place. Here was what we all said, "I explained that in a previous version or there was more to that section but I cut it out."
Invariably when you delete something, you forget that you mention it again later on, but without the set up that you deleted it doesn't make as much sense. It's like a domino. Once you take one out, the rest of the dominos don't fall at the right time any more.
The only advice I have is to edit, edit, and edit. Then let other people read it. Get another set of eyes to review your work with the sole purpose of finding things that don't make sense or need more explanation.
How about you? How do you avoid the trickle or domino effect?