Keep it simple for the reader; your own thoughts and ideas and statistics and theoretical ponderings can meander, but when you publish, simplicity and clarity always win out!
Think about your paper as a story. Your manuscript IS telling a story…a story of those aims you so clearly outlined; a story with a beginning, middle and an end.
“You never will get where you’re going if you never get up on your feet.” If you are planning to publish, then you are also planning to have others read your work. The only option, therefore, is to “LET IT GO.”
“A revolution, then, has begun. Technology permits it; researchers and politicians want it. If scientific publishers are not trembling in their boots, they should be.” – The Economist
So, you want to publish a paper? Some novice publishers become so focused on the end product, that they literally do nothing. Such “freeze” response is evolutionarily associated with the natural “fight or flight” survival instinct.