Dusk Always Precedes Dawn

Dusk Always Precedes Dawn
December 31, 2015 1 Comment For Authors, Writing Advice Amanda Hester

I still remember the day I took this picture. I was at our local park with my husband and he was fishing. He always begs me to fish with him, he even bought me my own pole, but I just can’t handle the stillness; to just sit and stare at the water for so long. So, I wander. I people watch, take pictures, take notes, and record ideas on my voice recorder. So many of my characters and their stories are born from these simple walks.

I was amazed at how beautiful this picture turned out. I took it with my phone’s camera and usually the quality is nowhere near the actual beauty. But this time, this time, it caught the drawing of the day with perfect clarity. Radiant color danced with the shadows in such a precise balance.

And now the sun is setting on another year, drawing close on 365 days of resolutions and wishes, of failures and of losses. Some dreams came true, some paths became more defined. There were bumps in the road and disappointments for sure, but every disappointment makes success that much sweeter.

In this past year I have witnessed heartbreaking losses and the joys of new life. I have fought with myself, disappointed myself, and lost faith in myself only to realize what a wonderful support system I have to fall on when I can no longer carry the weight of my own burdens. I am still learning to be satisfied with my accomplishments. To think of my limitations more as boundaries, and to embrace them rather than wallow in disappointment. I’m not quite there, but I am learning.

As the new year dawns, focus on your hopes and dreams and fuel your focus with your past experiences. It does not need to be a year for a “whole new you,” only a year for more growth. I hope you will all stick around through this new year so that we can grow together. So many of us share the same dreams, and we are not in competition with each other. We are a team. A team of indie writers, publishers, readers, and dreamers. And as a team, I believe, we will all find the success we dream of.

Chase your dreams and when you trip, get up and keep chasing them. And when you can’t get up, reach out because we will be here to give you a hand.

Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy!


Amanda Hester Amanda Hester is the founder and CEO of Our Write Side. As an author, she enjoys writing in all genres and forms, even grocery lists. She is an artist and Wiccan who has an obsessive love of vampires, kilts, and blue butterflies. She is passionate about many topics and her posts are often laced with the snarky sense of humor one acquires from raising five teenagers, all at once. In her downtime, she can be found with her loving husband, Shawn, exploring the wilderness. She maintains her shreds of sanity with yoga, tea, and cats.
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    Stephanie Ayers

    I hope for most people New Year is a good thing. It’s a chance to let go of everything in the past and look on the new year as a fresh start. That’s gold to me!


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