I am currently redrafting Chapter One at the moment and it's funny how I thought a conversation exchange between my main character and a member of the chorus was essential. It went on for three pages. There was no plot advancement and it wasn't characterization either. Just a conversation with slight conflict. What was I thinking? I needed to be at the main event. So it was added to the bin.
Another example is giving away too many details in the first chapter. I want people to read further - not get all the info from the first chapter. I need some intrigue. So another thousand words added to the bin.
A building, central to the plot had a quite bland description before. There was nothing to make it special and it was also 'too perfect' - so out with the old, one sentence description. On the redrafting arrivals lounge was a paragraph of description.
So, this weekend's editing session involved losing two thousand words, adding another thousand and then cutting 800-ish words. I now have a less flabby chapter that gets to the point.