Maybe it’s the new year, but I’m seeing a lot of creative “advice” out there that makes it sound like you are your own problem.
That you are not disciplined enough.
That you are in your own way.
That you somehow need to be better managed.
Here’s my answer to all of the above:
Take a class.
Take a hands-on, artsy class that offers specific and multiple projects. I recommend an in-person class that you have to show up for because that is dedicated time and space for your creativity. Stories get shared and you discover that the obstacles you face are something you have in common with other people, so you work through them together while developing new techniques.
If an in-person class doesn’t work for you right now, take an online class. You know what’s great about a good online class? You know upfront what supplies you’ll need, what you’re going to cover, and you can go at your own pace. My current favorite online classes are from Carla Sonheim because they are generally short, and the lessons are approachable. Get a friend to take it with you and you’ll have a brand new thing to talk about and explore together.
You don’t have to do it all on your own, and you don’t have to come up with the ideas all on your own.
Take a class and let creative contagion do its proper job.