“and” is a filler word, but most of the time it’s unneeded. Usually you can get by without using the word “and”. Next time you’re about to type out “and”, try the sentence without it first, or with a sub-word. (Dialogue is the exception. You can do anything with dialogue.)
If you do a word search for “and” in your manuscript and the page looks like this… you need to do some cutting.
Oh. And please don’t begin a sentence with “and”… incorrect grammar pet peeve right there. (Yes, I know I just began that sentence with “and”. See my point? 😛 )
I do not know how long we song and drank, but eventually I drew weary and the friar insisted we had gone on long enough and ended the revelry and made me lay down to sleep. He mixed some tart and sweet herbs in to a cup of mead and gave it to me to drink. I downed it and very quickly, my spinning head settled and sleep was all I wanted. And so I lay down and slept, all that night and well into the morning.
William and I remained with the friar for a month. I wanted to leave sooner, but the friar insisted I was in no condition to travel and so we stayed, much to my great annoyance, and even though I quite liked the friar, I would have much rather have been on my way to Locksley instead of sitting in bed all the day long. But the friar said it could not be helped, and I need rest and that was that, and I learned very quickly, in the hovel that was his little domain, and the friar’s word was the last word and lay.
You don’t won’t one sentence looking like this either…
The day we set out it rained, and rained, and rained and rained and rained and rained and rained until I thought William and I would be drowned by it all.
The knight tried again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and…
(Of course, it could be argued, for NaNoWroMo this is okay. It’s an easy cut, but if you’re going for the free copy, do you really want that in there?)