Author in progress

“A very small percentage of people will never follow through with writing and publishing a book. You are part of an elite group and should be proud of that accomplishment. Shout it from the rooftops!”
                                                       | When Should You Start Calling Yourself an Author?  

I’m sitting here, staring at my laptop trying to think of clever usernames for a new email address for any future writer type correspondences when I ask myself, is an author in progress currently an author? The book is nowhere near ready but dammit I will be finishing it and I will be publishing it. So do I call myself an author once all the hard work has been done? Like the millennial I am I resort to the one I can always count on to answer any and all my questions in a judgment-free zone.

Google oh Google what would I be without my Google. 

So I type into google “can I call myself an author?”  And BAM she responded with her all-knowing wisdom and said to me I should be embracing it! So why have I not been embracing it and referring to myself from here on out as only Author Des A Scott? Doubt.That quiet and nagging self-doubt that no matter how hard I talk myself up never really leaves completely. 

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”
William Shakespeare

I came across this William Shakespeare quote after typing next into google ” how to overcome self-doubt”. Did you read those words he said? Read them again, if you have ever doubted yourself in absolutely anything, I mean ANYTHING at all. Even if it was just doubting a new recipe or trying a new look or if you’re in the same boat as me and doubting a career choice, read it slowly and let the words sink in.

Our doubts are traitors

I truly do believe that everything happens for a reason in our lives. It’s like asking for a sign from God whether or not to carry on and he responds with an arrow in the sky pointing you in the right direction. 

I am trying every day to push this doubt aside and win this internal battle I have with myself. I am trying every single day to push myself to write something, anything that will get me closer to this dream. Even if it’s only to say that I tried, at least in the attempt I would have won the battle because even an author in progress is still an author.

P.S NEW INSTAGRAM. Follow me on this journey @des_a_scott

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