The biggest problem I encounter when trying to complete my novels is finding the motivation to follow through. When I completed my first, and only, manuscript for "The Silhouette" I was at the height of my anxiety. I was constantly afraid of death and what comes after. This led to the conceiving of that story. I wanted to create an afterlife that felt concrete. Following that journey to its end, helped me overcome a lot of pain. So, what is the problem now?
I honestly have found myself too busy to come up with ideas. Heck, I hardly have time to finish reading a book before I can ever think about writing one. To overcome that problem, I'm putting down the video game controller and challenging myself to read "It" in its entirety. 1459 pages. I feel if I can through that, I should be able to write or rewrite my MS.
Being on twitter again, seeing so many successful writers, has inspired me to keep going. I'm not talking about people who have sold several copies. I'm looking up to the people that got to book two. Some have even gotten to book three. I feel like I can do that. Anything short of that is a waste of my potential. TWS.
Quite frankly, all of the stuff that is happening in our world this week has put me in a dark place. I can't write. I can't focus. All of the uncertainty has me stuck in the water. In times of trouble, I look to my family for guidance. What do they do? They send in the spaghetti monster...
I love this little girl with my whole heart. It is literally impossible to be angry or sad when I look into her eyes. She is filled with so much joy that is hard to conceive that this world is so broken.
Thomas William Shaw is an author and stage actor from Birmingham, AL. He lives with his wife, Lauren, their children, and their cats in a quiet place. Occasionally he will post about it.