Since I first read Stephen King's autobiography as a writer, On Writing, I have tried to emulate his advice - with words, less is more. Kill your darlings, but most of all, kill all the adjectives.
I'm inclined to add Cormac McCarthy's three punctuation rules to my writing algorithm:
I believe in periods, in capitals, in the occasional comma, and that’s it.
I think I saw a colon once, but I've never seen a semicolon.