Advice based on what works for me — hope these can help you too:
1. No genre
Don’t categorize yourself, nor put any creative limits on yourself.
Don’t become the prisoner of a genre.
Don’t label yourself as a “photographer”, “vlogger”, or any other silly category. Allow yourself free reign to create ANY form of art you desire!
For example here are some fun sketches I’ve been making on iPhone and the “Zen brush 2” app:
A very simple tip:
If you engage in “1 rep max” type of weight lifting, you will start to spontaneously come up with many creative ideas during your lifting sessions.
I genuinely believe that all photographers, artists, thinkers, philosophers, and individuals will benefit from deadlifting and powerlifting — regardless of age, gender, physical body state, etc.
If you want to inspire your creative mind, you must first motivate, move, and inspire your body. Powerlifting seems to be one of the best creativity and life hacks I’ve discovered so far!
3. Publish as you create
I’m very into this notion of “creative steaming”. There is no finality with your creative art works; it is all a stream! The goal isn’t to make one final thing, the goal is to never stop iterating, never stop creating, and to never stop experimenting and improving!
For example nowadays as I’m writing blog posts, I don’t wait until the very end before publishing it. Instead, I will start writing, and click “publish”when I’m only 20% finished. And as I keep writing and adding information and images to the blog post, I just keep clicking “update”.
This has been one of the most effective ways for me to overcome the fear of publishing— to produce and publish more, with less fear and hesitation.