This a re-post from ArtClub, that I'm reposting on GT on the request of barelylethal, in response to her crafting post, a couple of posts down.
I read a great essay last year by a guy called Jesse Thorn on the creative process, and the things that we get hung up that can prevent that process. It was actually a transcript from a radio interview that I've linked to here;
It's basically a list of 12 ideas that he's synthesized when talking to other creative people, like Kate Beaton, the creator of "Hark, a Vagrant"
This is the list,which I've modified a touch, but check out the link, because he really fleshes out the ideas there.
1. Start making stuff now; stop planning and do
2. Make deadlines
3. Keep moving; if something doesn't work, try something else, "don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good"
4. Don't confuse content & medium
5. Be authentic and true to your own vision
6. Follow your passion
7. Focus on great work; do the best you can, and don't scatter your energy on project creep
8. Connect with people you like; network with like-minded congenial types
9. Own what you create
10. Find the money; funding can come from unexpected places (hint; connecting with people you like can lead to funding)
11. Build a community; be nice to your fans
12. Do a good job.