In a culture obsessed with the power of words, the power to express and interpret ideas is the defining attribute of creativity.
But a new study has found that the more words you use, the less likely you are to be creative.
The study, published by the National Center for Science Education and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, tracked the creative use of more than 3,000 writers across disciplines, from children’s literature to creative writing to science fiction.
The researchers found that those with more than 10,000 words in their work had the highest creative success rates.
That’s despite the fact that nearly half of all words in a writer’s output are unused.
The authors, Daniel M. T. Cialdini, a research associate in psychology at the National Science Foundation and Michael E. Fiske, a professor of psychology at The University of California at Berkeley, write in the journal Psychological Science: “The authors’ findings indicate that the extent to which we can use words to express ideas and connect concepts in our daily lives, and the quality of the resulting content, are intimately related to our ability to achieve creative output.”
The study also revealed that people with a high level of creative ability were more likely to use more words and write more stories than their less creative peers.
“The results of this research indicate that our ability as a society to express creative thinking, and to use creative language in order to express it, is related to the amount of words that we use,” the authors write.
“As we all are more aware of the benefits of having access to the right words, we have begun to change the way we express ourselves in order that our creative output can be enhanced.”
What they found surprised them.
They found that people who had more words in the writing process were more successful in terms of creating compelling stories and characters than those with lower words used.
“We found that creative output in general was lower for people with fewer words in an output,” the researchers write.
This finding could be related to a range of psychological factors.
For example, creative writers tend to be more aware and aware of how their writing style affects their audience, the authors suggest.
In a study of the writing style of authors of children’s books, researchers found high levels of creative thought in the creative writing of children, but also low levels of “open” or creative communication in children’s output.
Creative writers who have a high number of words in writing may have a greater degree of self-awareness and “openness” about how their words are perceived, they write.
The creative writing process, as it is practiced in children and writers in general, has been linked to the development of “creative empathy,” or how an audience reacts to an author’s work, according to the authors.
The “creativity” and “empathy” skills associated with creativity are important for writing a story and a character, the researchers suggest.
The same research suggests that creative writing is a critical skill for the development and maintenance of a strong writing voice.
The fact that creative writers are more likely than less creative writers to use fewer words, and who also tend to have a lower number of stories and more characters in their output, “suggests that the importance of this capacity for writing in children is likely to be a contributing factor to the increased development of writing in this group,” the study concludes.
The research has implications for the use of the word “writing” in children.
The word “Writing” has become an increasingly important word in the contemporary language, as people are more and more using the concept to describe their writing.
As the research has demonstrated, the word is often used as an adjective and a noun.
For instance, the New York Times recently used the word to describe the “quality and depth” of a story in its “100 Words on Writing.”
The Times’ headline reads, “A New Way of Thinking About Stories: ‘Writing’ in Words.”
The term “writing in words” has also become more and so is used as a verb in some contexts.
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