I didn't have time to write you a short letter, so I wrote you a long one.
This quote is one that stuck with me for quite a long time. What's the punch line implied here? Simply that editing, and revision, and the thought process of knowing what to eliminate and what to keep, is hard work. It takes time and experience. Anyone can write a 1,000 word essay, but can you convey the same content and message in 500 words? That's the difference between an amateur and a professional. Concision.
The other day I was sitting in my car looking at the odometer. There are over 181,000 miles on my Nissan Pathfinder. I bought it in summer 2013, pre-owned, of course with about 33,000 miles on it. That means that in five years, I've traveled 148,000 miles in that lumbering beast of an SUV. As much as I love that truck, averaging 29,600 miles per year is undesirable. The mileage has been almost all business related, because when you are in a startup mode with a small law practice you have to hustle. You drive to where the work is. You make house calls. You do the road work.