According to the Apple Dictionary, editing includes ‘correcting, condensing, and otherwise modifying’ something. I’d like to add that when it comes to video, media, writing, TV, film, etc. it very often also includes hitting the ‘delete’ key.
Now, audiences today do statistically have shorter attention spans. According to the latest reports, humans now have an attention span of 8 seconds–less than a goldfish! But we should not merely react to that. Instead, continuing to develop our craft, we should see how the “working over” of our art really brings out its beauty. And very often it’s a hidden beauty until we do just that.
Editing our work takes initial vision, dedication, and patience. To see the sculpture in the “rough stone” as it were. And it involves decision making (see our blog on that here).
It may even be getting rid of something you really like. I’m not trying to over quote Stephen King, but as he says “Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” Aka less is definitely more here.
Those are just a few questions I like to ask from time to time. You may add or subtract from that list, but help yourself out and reflect on how you can become a better deleter…. um whoops, I mean editor.