For a submission with a strict word count limit, I whittled a 3,000+ word story down to 2,000 words. And you know what I discovered? It felt great! It was like having a big clear-out, or a really good work-out. My story came out of the gym all fresh and toned.
Discovery no. 2: that was the fun part. The hard part was getting out all the words that I then had to trim away. But I had to write them first in order to get to the fun part. Maybe that part will get easier. If it does, I'll let you know.