It's a Small World
Some places are smaller than others. I have a medium to large home, lots of space for me and the kiddies to collect clutter and leave crap lying about. Other people aren't so lucky. They need to utilize every last molecule of space. Really make it count.
Take Gary Chang, and architect from Hong Kong, for instance.
Now that's the best use for space I've ever seen, seriously. Wow.
I guess that makes us architects of writing. I mean, we need to get a whole lot accomplished in our words. Sometimes more than a publisher gives us space for. So we have to make our words aerodynamic and ergonomically correct.
With my first novel, I didn't worry about words, wrote till my fingers were like to fall off. (They didn't, don't worry). I ended up with a simple romance that was, take a breath people...175,000 words. Holy yikes is right. After getting acquainted with some great websites for writers, I tightened that baby down to about 110k. Then I stuffed it into the bottom drawer of Word. It was my first, after all, best to be buried and forgotten after something better came along.
Something better, the current WiP, stands "finished" at about 90k. This one is a romantic suspense, and has triple the good stuff going on that the first did. But, I made every word count. Or tried my damndest too, at least. Got rid of plenty of pesky had's and that's, ohhh, and lots and lots of those hellish road pavers we writers refer to as adverbs. But, mostly I worked my butt off to use strong verbs and Keep It Simple (I'm not stupid - okay, whose the joker snickering in the back row...).
So how do you KIS (you're not stupid either, my good friends)?