Here are some examples of active and concise vs. passive and long. Writers do like to increase word count, but redundancies, repetitiveness, and filler words are not the way to achieve it. You can see how it impacts the pacing.
Bad: It seemed to have gone the other way.
Good: It went the other way.
Bad: It had been sitting there.
Good: It sat there.
Bad: He could not have been waiting for more than a few minutes.
Good: He only waited for a few minutes.
Bad: I began to move slowly.
Good: I moved slowly.
Bad: There had not been any phone calls.
Good: Nobody called.
Bad: He was feeling something within his body, which felt like lust.
Good: He was horny.
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