“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French writer (1900 – 1944).
To me, this is the essence of editing. It is too easy for the main message to get lost in extra and distracting words. People also have short attention spans, so it is important to make your point quickly. A good editor helps remove the extra pieces so the essential message shines through in as few words as necessary. (This post was short for a reason!).