Navigating Different Creative Seasons


The weather is finally changing! (Was fall late wherever you live as well?) Watching the leaves slowly molt from green to brown makes me think about the different creative seasons in our lives. I know I tend to blog a lot about different seasons and rhythms, but I think it’s because they are as inescapable as gravity. You can ignore the rules of physics as long as you want, but in the end, Newton’s Law wins. I can burrow straight through all the different seasons of my life, ignoring all of life’s signals, but it the end, it’s gonna catch up and the price is steep when delayed.

We have rich times where our minds explode with stories. We have dry times where we can’t make anything, but we absorb details around us with near osmosis. But here is a different type of creative season: The times where we might not reach for a laptop or a notebook to create but a different medium.

I personally dabble in multiple creative mediums. Like the seasons, they rotate in and out of my life, but all are truly essential to my overall creativity. The nudge is gut-tug, and I can feel the pressure built until I finally indulge and let it release.

Music keeps my fingers dexterous and my mind sharp with an otherworldly language.

Painting hones my problem solving skills, keeps me attentive to detail, and lets me practice letting go of results.

Photography teaches me to slow down and take my time to notice beauty in unlikely places.

I even dabble in planner decorating, which has been my go-to lately, because it helps me choose to structure my day in thoughtfulness and kindness toward my body.

But all make my writing, and my creative mind, much richer.

What season of creativity are you in now? Dry or Rich? Writing or preferring to dabble elsewhere?

abby-j-reed-headshot-smilingABOUT ABBY:
Abby J. Reed writes young adult science fiction and fantasy novels that ask what if.She has a degree in English Writing and is drawn to characters with physical limitations due to her own neurological disorder called Chronic Migraine. Her second novel, WHEN DREAMERS FALL, will be published May 2019 by Soul Mate Publishing.

Abby lives in Colorado with her husband and two fluffy pups. If her hands aren’t on the keyboard, they are stained purple and blue with paint. Find her online at

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4 Responses to Navigating Different Creative Seasons

  1. pamelagibson says:

    Seasons don’t speak to me as much as they do to you. My life is governed by routine. But I think it’s lovely that you have so many creative outlets.

    • Abby J. Reed says:

      That makes a lot of sense, being governed by routine instead of seasons. I think I prefer a little more flexibility, but I do love my routines!

  2. sueberger3 says:

    I love that autumn picture. Right now I am trying to make a website. I have two books to revise. One a rhyming picture book. I wish I could draw. Enjoy all of your seasons.

  3. I’m at the moment in creative overload. I’ve gotten 3 books back from a small pub and I’m in the process of 3 new covers, 3 new edits, and I have the third book in my bestseller Out of Time series in editing, plus I’m halfway done with the first book in a new series. So my creativity is focused on writing. Thanks for the inspiration!

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