There are myriad thoughts on how to be creative. There are books and blogs all about it. There are all sorts of hypotheses, theories and research studies. Because being creative is multi-faceted, and multi-layered---and everyone has an opinion on what works best.
In the essay "Look, a Beautiful Moment," in the stunning book A Book That Takes Its Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness, Irene Ras notes that she's embracing a slower pace at home. Sometimes this looks like baking bread. Sometimes it looks like reading before bed.
You worry that your creative project isn't unique or innovative. It isn't particularly imaginative or artistic. Others have done similar things. Others have said similar things.
The holiday decorations have been on shelves for several weeks now (maybe even a month!). Which can be annoying, because we haven't even celebrated Thanksgiving yet or finished our Halloween candy.
Maybe the last time you drew anything dates back to the last century. Maybe the only thing you can draw---and not very confidently---is a stick figure.
Ryder Carroll was diagnosed with ADHD in the 1980s, a time "when mullets were better understood than my condition." Which meant that resources were slim and he had to help himself.
I love collecting quotes on writing. Because the right quote can spark an insight. It can instruct and inform. It can help us to feel less alone---reminding us that everyone struggles with self-doubt and feeling like a phony. It can remind us why we write. And it can help us to keep going.
Whether we write or practice any kind of skill or craft, we are always learning. There's always something to sharpen, to cultivate, to discover, to understand on a deeper, almost cellular level. There's always more to study and more to master.