It is suggested that email messages be constrained at the risk of losing you:
Limiting yourself to five sentences forces you to think in a concise manner, helping you stay focused and save time. Shorter emails also allow the recipient to make a quick decision on what action to take, increasing the likelihood that you’ll receive a reply.
Yes and no.
There is a value to short and simple.
Such as this sentence.
But if you always chop and reduce then you risk killing our greatest writers.
E.B. White, the American writer and one-half of the “Strunk and White” grammar bible, once responded to a fan and referred to the bard:
It comes down to the meaning of ‘needless.’ Often a word can be removed without destroying the structure of a sentence, but that does not necessarily mean that the word is needless or that the sentence has gained by its removal.
If you were to put a narrow construction on the word ‘needless,’ you would have to remove tens of thousands of words from Shakespeare, who seldom said anything in six words that could be said in twenty. 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.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your letter.
There is very much a value to short messages. But there is also a value to length. The key to success is to focus on what you say and how you say it. If your words are successful they will be shared and printed and remembered.