Amara Cudney Author

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IN WORDS SHE COULDN'T SAY


So-I was writing my Celtic faerie tale with a vengence and then-well, something happened. A young girl that I'm very close to got arrested for trafficing drugs. Her three children were taken away from her and if that wasn't enough, she did it again. Addiction is tough. It is a disease that tells you you don't have a disease. And it is strong, so strong. All it wants to do is kill you. But you think-it feels so good or it did, and you end up chasing it, hoping it will give you that joy again. But, it never does.

I was working on this book a while back and I put it aside to work on the faerie tail. 

Because of this situation with this child I adore, I've gone back to it. 


As I craft this piece, the situation gets better and then deteriorates. She gets out of jail and then gets arrested again. I think that telling this story is important because it will help others going through similar situations. Maybe help them to heal.


IN WORDS SHE COULDN'T SAY


It's about a young girl that drives drunk and almost kills a young mother and her baby. The story weaves  the young girl's (Clancy) struggles with her mother, a doormat, her father, a control freak, the young lawyer whose sister died from an overdose, the young mother and her baby, and takes the reader through their lives as each struggles to heal from this cataclysmic event. 



LESSON FOR TODAY

If you mention a character in your story they have to have a character arc, their own story and their own battles. I was told that it's not polite to throw a character in and then abandon them. Even Joe in the bar who we might not see anymore has to have a place. 


What I've found that works, is to have a book-I use a drawing tablet and I sketch each character, their conflict and solution. Let me tell you why this is so important.


When you're halfway through your book and all of a sudden you're balancing ten characters, a hundred situations, and you think maybe your dementia has gotten the best of you-there's CHARACTER ARC to the rescue. Simply pick up your drawing pad, leaf through and voila! CLARITY. No, John doesn't have to kill Jane. His issue is different. He has to marry Jane. And then you can sigh in relief and get back to what you're really good at-creating the story of your dreams.

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