I've found myself in a bit of a sticky wicket.
I am used to Nano, all words count, even the insane ones at 2:00 in the am, that upon rereading you are asking yourself, "huh?"
When all words count, all words do. When all words count if they progress the story forward, there can be questions. Damn those vile questions!!!
How do you delineate the working words for those that don't?
Fine!! Write, suck, write, suck... ponder, suck some more. Word count is not as easy as it is in Nano. Just say'n. 1,025 for today. I've had worse days.
I just need to suck it up and write more than I cut. Or put the damn editor to bed and just write. Not the silly 2:00 am stuff where you are just putting words to paper. But keep the phrasing even if it sounds odd. Or keep the scene even if after writing it I say, "Well Teylor would never do that. What was I thinking?"