For so long I let the idea that in order for my work to be taken seriously I needed a great deal of higher formal education, mentors, related classes and never ending ideas for stories, so forth and so on, blah blah blah.
Oh, and that muse everyone speaks so freely of too!
Hell, I was well seasoned in self-doubt, excuses and a half ass commitment to writing along with the notion that I could never be an artist before I realized that although all those things would be great, I only need to sit and write. Doesn't matter where or what with, just write. The same with my art just pick up a paintbrush or marker or pen and make a mark. You don't have to have a full fledged idea of a story, poem or piece of artwork to begin. One thought, one word one colorful stroke on a piece of something and the rest will follow whether good, bad or ugly, they will follow. It is just like dancing, one movement leads to another and before you know it you have lost yourself for long moments allowing your inner genius it's voice.
Yes, I believe it can be that simple.
Well, at least once you give that inner critic a swift kick out the door!