Amara Cudney Author

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Stuff I'm Working On

I finished the second revision of 'The Crystal Bowl" and it's currently being edited. I'm hoping to hear from Liz in early May. Hopefully there won't be too much more work to be done.  I can actually see myself reading to kids in schools and hearing them laugh and go 'wow'. That's the part I'm really looking forward to. I did think the book would be well on her way by now, but, what I've learned is that it takes what it takes. Every story, eery book, every painting has a soul. 


All my stories and books have spoken to me and let me get to know them better as we go along. For me, it hasn't been something I could hurry.


My next project is "In Words She Couldn't Say". I love this book and can hardly wait to get back to it. It tells the story of a dysfunctional, torn apart family, that begins the healing process after Clancy, the only child, drives drunk and nearly kills a young mother and her baby. As they each face their demons, the family begins to heal. Clancy finally finds the love she's been looking for all her life.I've been working on this book for well over 3 years. 


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Writing Hints

Conflict Doesn't Happen Just In Marriages

Conflict in a Story

Tension, wanting more, excitement, conflict are the emotions that keep the reader motivated to keep reading, wanting to know the outcome.. Without tension and conflict, your reader will lose interest and move on to something else. 


  • Make sure that you're clear about what the protagonist's conflict is. I've written quite a few stories and books and what has happened to me is that about a third way through, I start wondering where I'm going, what am I doing. Even I don't remember what it was that got me to writing the story in the first place. That is a sucky place to be. It is the land of the lost, I'm afraid.
  • Writing is about knowing yourself. It's about reaching down into your gut and being willing to let the reader know your story. So, pull your boots on and NAME IT. Tell it like it is. 
  • What happened to you? What do you want to share about that experience with your readers? What is the dilemma that you faced and how did you overcome it? That is your story and it's got everything. Now you just need to sort it out on paper and create the struggle/conflict and the resolution.
  • What is the issue driving your main character? What about them gets in the way of solving their problem? Just a few things to think about. I don't think it's easy to really look at your characters because, you have to really look deep at yourself. 



struggle, conflict, story, writing,

struggle, conflict, story, writing,