I make really good chocolate chip cookies. In fact they are legendary on my soccer team. We don't go to a tournament without them.
They call for 1 1/2 cups of sugar (half brown - half white). A couple of months I decided to slowly cut back on the sugar every time I made them to see if less sugar would effect the taste. I'm down to one cup and I haven't noticed a difference.
When I finished my first draft of my book it sat at 100,000 words. With each read through I trimmed off some extra sugar, so to speak. Now after many revisions later, I'm down to 65,877 words.
The delete button has become my friend.
For the past two weeks I've been working on chapters one and two, yet again. My most recent critique pointed out something that I hadn't really heard of but tend to do a lot. We've all heard of word echoes, but how about scene echoes. Apparently, I tend to tell the reader something and then show it.
So I've been cutting all those paragraphs that tell and keeping the ones that show.
How about you? What do you look to cut when trying to trim down your book?