Last week I saw an email that was approximately 600 words that I was able to sum up in 3 sentences:
I may have misinterpreted your instructions, but I’m concerned that you are expecting x, y and z from me. I’m stretched a bit thin right now. I may need some assistance if I am responsible for completing x,y and z; please confirm your expectations.
That’s 44 words – more than 90% less words than the original.
The lesson here – Keep it simple – if you feel that it needs to be longer due to complexity, write a report, letter or make a phone call or see them recipient in person. Email overload is compounded by unnecessarily complex content.