Forget about what whether or not you’re a real artist or how good you “should” be, and just put a pen to paper! I studied economics in college and then worked as a consultant, so for a long time, it didn’t occur to me that I could do creative work. I’ve always had artsy side projects (e.g., drawing cartoons or constructing little paper structures) but for a long time, I thought only artists with fancy studios and equipment could make art.
One thing that helped me stay motivated when I was just beginning to get into creative work was to recreate something I found cool to learn new skills. When I wanted to pick up basic CSS, I built a website. I had no idea what to put on it, but I wanted the homepage to look like this French ad agency’s beautifully designed portfolio. Having a clear end goal in mind helped me focus and stay motivated as I slogged through code.