I’m trying to cut as I write now so I don’t have to do so much later. The thing I’m finding easiest to cut is dialogue. I love good banter, but sometimes, I think I have the tendency to let my characters chatter, just because I like hearing what they have to say.
However, chatter does not a good story make. I’m hesitant to cut other things, though. I don’t do enough description to warrant cutting what I do have. I suppose there are certain scenes I could lose, but I do believe my best bet is to take out some of the talking. I’ll save it to a folder, though, for the author’s definitive ZOMG edition. ^_^ Ah, I love to dream….
Do you have something you lean on that you usually end up chopping? Dialogue? Travel? Description? My other bane is sometimes thoughtful exposition. Do your characters think too much?