Channeling Elmore Leonard

I'm supposed to be writing an article on our recent orangutan viewing visit to Kalimantan and doing everything but... I have a tendency to, as Curtis puts it, write the article in an hour and then spend the next 2 days cutting the word count by 2/3rds or more cutting words. But I'm on a deadline and I would really, really like to change my long writing that habit. But no way can I do it alone, so I'm channeling Elmore Leonard. His advice to struggling writers:

"Try to leave out all the parts that readers skip."

Tom the king of Camp Leakey