35 A Later Start
Are you starting in the best spot? Try cutting words, sentences, even paragraphs and pages until you get to a point where if you cut any more your piece will be ruined. Now, how much do you really need to put back in?
(Most first drafts, in my experience, can lose at least their first paragraph. But I’ve written pieces where I’ve gone in and cut out the entire first half. Or just saved one paragraph and started over.)