There are two terrible questions a person should never ask.
“Can I ask a question?” Grammatically incorrect, and you already did.
“How long should the paper/article/column/video be?” As long as it needs to be and as short as possible.
I always try to cut another 100 words or lose a few seconds. Erase adverbs. Lose passive voice. Tighten sentence construction. Trim that scene by a few frames.
Ah, but you readers are smart enough to know a flip side always exists for good advice. Life would be too easy and less rewarding if only one path lay ahead.
Six of these? No, a half-dozen of those.
E.B. White favored brevity and clarity, but being a polymath, he’s also given us a wonderful case against the sharpest knife and the delete key.
“Writing is not an exercise in excision, it’s a journey into sound. How about ‘tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow’? One tomorrow would suffice, but it’s the other two that have made the thing immortal.”
Few words speak wonders. Sometimes a few more work better.