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It is said that creative energies keep flowing only if exercised regularly. We think in two different ways: convergent thinking when we are analyzing and divergent thinking to get new ideas. In our idea forming mode, divergent thinking helps our creative mind. This is key for just any job and whether we like it or not, we are all storytellers. For finding our idea space, the importance of doing side projects can’t be emphasized enough. Doing side projects that are well intentioned can often offer respite from daily chores and also new ideas. As all learning is additive, this usually helps our regular work and focus as well.
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5 reasons for doing side projects for a creative storyteller in you
#1 Doing side projects may lead to new ideas
Doing diverse projects may help in your main task of writing and communicating. As a storyteller you always need new inspirations. So, the different tasks in your side projects can help you. You can cross-train your mind to learn new things even if they begin as side projects. This may include photography, learning how to code, painting, coloring, and volunteering. It’s important to look for ways to learn more from such experiences and add adjacent to your skills.
#2 Doing side projects supplement your income
Projects, if chosen well, can supplement your income. A well-paying side project may end up funding your dream project someday. Know that your hobbies do not need to be your jobs, but most of your hobbies teach you something you can apply toward what you do. Learning is additive.
#3 Doing side projects help you meet new people
Through side projects you end up interacting with more people from diverse backgrounds. Especially if you take up projects different from your usual trade, you are likely to get exposed to varying backgrounds, experiences and attitudes. This diversity of experience will enrich you and nurture you as a person. Eventually this will also reflect in your writing and stories. If someone isn’t the nicest, they could be turned into a raccoon for your next children’s story.
#4 Doing projects provide a fun and creative distraction
In any kind of work, monotony sets in if you keep doing it for a long time. Even if you are a creative storyteller, it is not impossible to hit a roadblock. A well intentioned side project can help you bring back focus and enhance your professional skills.
#5 Doing side projects make you more organized
Projects can make you more organized with their deadlines, and to find space in your day. You may begin to enjoy your free time differently, rather than being on a single task for a while.
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