I start the story, The tall man sat down in the green chair. Does the chair really need to be green? Cross out.
The tall man sat down in the chair. Down… Now there’s a necessary word.
The tall man sat in the chair. Tall? Cross out.
The man sat in the chair. Why a chair? Why not a couch? Why not a bench? Why not a chaise-lounge? Cross out.
The man sat. Does he really need to be sitting?
And now I have no story.