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Why Creative Writers Need Other Hobbies
March 23, 2018 - Guest post by Jennie Benson

Creative industries are an important driver of economic growth, adding $700 billion to the US economy and employing nearly five million people. This looks likely to increase, with technology rapidly taking on low skilled manual work. With more creative workers than ever before, it is important to consider how a creative person can structure her life for optimal productivity. If you are a creative writer, you may not have thought about hobbies outside of writing. However, this could be an important part of beating the boredom, improving your wellbeing and increasing your earning potential.

Boost your creative potential

There are endless possibilities in the world of writing, but the task of putting one word before the other is only using the language processing section of your brain. Consider learning a skill that involves a different thought process. For instance, learning to sew as a beginner will improve your visual creativity. You will be forced to imagine a pattern before making it a reality. When it comes to writing, you will find it easier to visualize your stories and vividly describe scenes to the reader.
Why Creative Writers Need Other Hobbies
Create a more rounded life

If your only hobby is writing, then you risk becoming one dimensional. You may have the best imagination in the world, but if you only sit at your desk with a pen and paper, then you will miss out on all the valuable experiences that could be incorporated into your writing. If you take up outdoor sports or traveling, then you will not only improve your wellbeing, but you'll become more well-rounded. If you're more interesting, then your writing will be too.

The need to challenge yourself

Creative people think differently and this can cause boredom. Writing might be your passion, but there is only so much you can do before it starts to get tiresome. In order to escape this fate, you need to go slightly out of your comfort zone. A brand new hobby such as learning an instrument will be just difficult enough to keep your mind focused and expand your capabilities.

If you really want to take your creative writing to the next level, then think about what other hobbies are in your life. Music or crafts will strengthen new neurological pathways, adding more depth and diversity to your writing. You will become more interesting, well-rounded and happier, and this will be reflected in your written work.