I remember hearing a quote, probably while I was doing my Master's, about how a large percentage of writing is actually editing. I never really work to a word count but am currently trying to edit something down for my reading tomorrow and I'm finding that the word count has really made me focus in on what's important in the story. It's hard to cut out a sentence that you absolutely love and isn't crucial to the story, but with a word count and deadline lurking over your shoulder you learn to be ruthless and unsentimental. It's kind of amusing how writers have to be two beings; creative and emotional and then incredibly strict and harsh.
Come see the end result of my labour of love tomorrow (Sunday) night:
Bodega Wine Bar in Bushwick, Brooklyn