While editing my story's first draft, I read a blog about filtering words. When it came to editing, I realised it's not that easy to remove those words when you are editing an action after a dialogue, complexity piles when it is in the first POV.
“Yes,” I said, I looked around a little, and held my left arm with my right hand, diary in hand. “Sorry for what happened back there, I didn’t mean to— ”
“It’s quite alright. No need to say sorry.” He looked straight ahead.
Does one has to remove filter words in dialogue action or you let them be? Is there any better way to understand how to edit these sentence?
PS I have already read this post