This is a hard lesson for all of us to learn. Cut, cut, cut. My wife and I went to a talk by Kurt Vonnegut. “Take your first three chapters,” he said and paused…”and throw them out.” Of course he meant that we should start with action, not with a lot of information. Information dumps are never as compelling as action, and dialogue is the most compelling action of all.
Find the key thing that characterizes the person and the location. Not pages of description. Just one memorable thing… and then cut the rest.
Less is more.