Brandon Sanderson seems to churn out a new book every six months. Walter Mosley puts out a new novel every three months. There's something to be said for writing a lot (and as I noted recently, the more you write, the more often you can expect to be visited by the Muse. In this article, Chris Smith sings the praises of writing a lot. BE RADICALLY CREATIVE In his book Originals, writer and thinker Adam Grant considers what it takes to be a creative radical and concludes that being hugely productive is a super-important part. He covers the work of Prof. Dean Simonton, a psychologist who’s spent many years studying creative productivity. Early on in his work, he discovered two things about highly creative people. First, that they’re woefully bad at knowing when their own work is going to be a hit or a miss and second that it’s their capacity for productivity (which they have in spades) that makes them original, not their innate talent. Simonton writes: “On average, creative geniuses aren’t qualitatively better in their fields than their peers, they simply produce a greater volume of work which gives them more variation and a higher chance of originality.” “If you want to be original the most important possible thing you can do is to do a lot of work. Do a huge volume of work.” — Ira Glass, producer of This American Life and Serial.