Writing demands a certain economy. Extraneous words, flowery phrases, unnecessary details are clutter. Each one comes at a cost to the reader; too many dilutes the value of the text, adding noise instead of signal. Choose only words that will have impact, and include only details that support the theme.
- Ensure the trunk of a narrative is more substantial than the branches - This concept extrapolated to the larger sense of a work
- Marry form with function - Every part of a creative work has purpose and should support the larger theme