This is my recommendation: Take out as many articles, pronouns, conjunctions and prepositions as you can. This is the first step when "editing" your piece. This is the modern way to write. (Ref. "Long Ridge Writers Group, Coursework) Make it works so that your message is clear. My auntie said, "Use clarity and brevity." - English Professor, Freelance Journalist, San Francisco, CA. Step two; Go from there.
Article-- "the", "a", "an", (and sometimes) "some". (Wiki)
Pronoun--substitutes for a noun, i.e., he, she, they, etc. (wiki)
Conjunction--part of speech that connects two words, sentences, phrases or clauses, i.e., "and', "but", "although", "however", etc. (I use these too much; have to edit them OUT!)
Marie, once you've done this, your piece will be much shorter, maybe 2000 wds. The only other recommendation is to find one (1) word that replaces five words, e.g., "I wanted to go to the store, but I didn't have enough money to buy what I wanted." Try, "I planned to shop but noticed I was shot on funds." Only five fewer words, but it adds up!
Practice this. You'll become very good at keeping word-count down.
Remember tho, always write from the heart; stream of consciousness. Use ALL the words you can think of to say. This is great. Editing is it's own animal, so do the above, but only after the fact.