Really? Cut those clever similes? Slash that beautiful description of the character? Scratch the page about the setting? Yes. The story comes first.
As author Caro Clarke says, “Two people rushing through the night to the hospital is action, two people arguing in the car as they rush to the hospital is character development within action. The fact that one of them is six foot tall with blue eyes is neither action nor illumination. Advice for beginners: cut. And keep cutting until you think you have reduced your story to a skeleton. The skeleton is your story. The rest is blubber.