Can you relate?

Reading a post on SMP, I found some Fabulous advice from CD Hersh. So I’ve taken the ‘guide-tips’ and made a few comments.

Don’t hold yourself to a rigid concept 

I’ve changed my mind so many times within the process, my head should be spinning.

Let the characters take over

Allowing the characters to take over is how book 2 and 3 came to be in my historical series.

Don’t be afraid to delete

OMG How many words, or chapters have I deleted. Once I finally finished my first historical, my 130,000 word MS was cut down to 85,000 words. I thought I was cutting out my heart. But it made a better story.

Don’t force the structure or the plot of the story

A critique partner read two chapters of one of my  ‘WIP’.  She showed me the possibilities of brain storming, and the book could have gone in so many directions. I finally chose one path and published my latest book, “A Hero Grinch for Christmas”.

If all else fails, put the book aside and work on something else.

Boy can I relate to this. I needed a break from edits and decided to write just to be writing and wrote a chapter in modern day involving two girls going on a cruise and meeting men. My first contemporary was born.

Visit this link to view the entire post:

What to Do When Your Story Changes by C.D. Hersh

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Rainbow

fall 3Enjoy all the colors of the rainbow.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Author GMC

Goal, Motivation & Conflict

Author Photo SW

~ By Samanthya Wyatt

I must admit, when I started writing I had no idea what GMC meant. So I took a workshop and learned that if you want to write a story and you want to be published, your story must have GMC or you’re sunk.

GMC brings your characters to life, makes them real, and moves the story forward. The more you know your characters, the more memorable they become. My goal has always been to bring the reader into the story and get them involved with the characters. GMC is the key. Each major character has their own goal, their own motivation, and usually resolving a conflict is what brings the hero and heroine to a satisfying conclusion.

What are these three things?

  • Goal is your character’s call to adventure. What the character wants. What most characters will do anything to get. Did you know there are internal and external goals?
  • Motivation will drive the hero or heroine to achieve their goal. Why are they so desperate? Why do they want what they cannot have? The more you know about your character’s motivation, the deeper you can relate that into your story.
  • Conflict will make the goal seem impossible. What keeps the characters from obtaining their goal.

Since this is not a workshop, I am giving a summary regarding GMC, instead of going into deeper detail. I cannot express enough how the GMC workshop helped me as a writer. Helped me to understand what could make a good story great.

Challenges and obstacles keep our characters from reaching their goals, and hindrances make for a suspenseful story. Could make a heartbreaking story. Our characters will work harder, survive those hurdles, maybe even deal with heartache and pain. When a reader knows what drives our hero and heroine, they get deeper into the story, become involved, and cheer the characters on. Even get mad when obstacles are thrown at them. The reader wants so bad for our characters to achieve their goal.

How to achieve this? Get to know your characters. You can do a character sheet, but one idea is using a GMC worksheet.

I use excel. But if you’re not familiar with excel, you can still do a breakdown. Do one section for the hero and one for the heroine. If you want, you can do other important characters, maybe a villain if there is one (the other woman who is always causing trouble).

Hero / Heroine – break down in three parts: Goal-Motivation-Conflict. He will have an external goal and an internal goal. Here is where it gets tricky and why I suggest you take a GMC class. As a fresh writer, it took me a while to figure out the difference. Once it finally clicked, I developed a new understanding of creating my books. So much easier when you have the knowledge of how things work.

Filling out a GMC worksheet helps to solidify the characters and sometimes forms a plot. If you already have a plot, it can change the course of your story. More obstacles, scrapes, skirmishes, all sorts of brainstorming ideas.

A final note, GMC will add depth to your characters. Take it from me, if you understand your characters, it will be much easier to write their movements and make their actions more believable. The more you know their goals and why they need this goal, why they act the way they do, you will be able to show more depth in your writing.

Keep the Spirit!

Samanthya Wyatt

Author of sizzling romance, Samanthya Wyatt currently has books published in contemporary and historical romance. She married a military man, traveled and made her home across the US and abroad, and now lives in the Shenandoah Valley. She loves the beach, her favorite color is blue, has a weakness for vanilla ice cream, and a book is a constant companion.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Teaser from Book 3 in The One and Only Series

theonlyone BOOK TEASER

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Visit Soul Mate Publishing for interview

  “Hello everyone. I write hot, sizzling romance. Even though my first love is historical, I also write contemporary romance. I signed my first contract with Soul Mate Publishing in 2013. Since then I’ve had three books published and two more coming out this year. I have a “Rakes Carpe Diem Series” planned. After those, I have a Fireman Series planned. Who doesn’t love a hunky fireman? My morning usually starts off with coffee in bed—hmmm, you say. Hubby knows how to deliver a cup of coffee to get my morning started off just right. Then I go to my writing cave and greet the world.”

“I like to tell everyone Hello, have a great day or paste a hunky picture. hunk day

 

 

 

 

Tell us a little about what you’re currently working on.

 “Oh Goodie. I’ve just started working on a ‘Rakes Carpe Diem Series’. The men of their ranks are plummeting. Four healthy blooded men, who cringe at the very thought of marriage, know someday they each must face their own nuptials. But before they do, the vow to be the most notorious rakehells of England. But Book 3 in my ‘One and Only Series’ is due to be released in October.”

Please visit SMP for full interview 

https://smpauthors.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/samanthyas-in-the-house-please-welcome-samanthya-wyatt-to-the-blogathon/

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

RWA 2015

RWA 2015   Hello World !

What a wonderful experience at The RWA Conference in New York

Pre-Conference:

Packing

OMG. What to pack. What to take. Business Casual — but you saw everything. My suggestion, dress for comfort. Something nice and comfortable shoes for LOTS of walking. Something Very Nice or Formal for the ceremonies. Sequins are not necessary unless you are winning an award. But you’ll fit in perfectly if you decide glamour is for you.

Welcome to New York !! Ball closer

 The cab ride was wild.  We had a private cab.Pals We're Here Due to the traffic, the driver tried to keep adding more to the fee the longer we sat in bumper to bumper traffic. Crazy drivers. 1 hour to get to the hotel.  

 Can you believe this sign?

1 sign

We stayed at the “W”, the over flow hotel.  The advantage we had on the Marriott?  Eye Candy                      These guys.

The Soul Mate Publishing Gang!  Thank you Debby for dinner and a fun evening.

SMP gang

How wonderful to meet those you have chatted with on line.

The waiters and waitresses are hoping for the right person to1 Dinner discover them. The entertainment at dinner was wonderful. Such talent! waitress Broadway

 

20150723_173718  And this guy serenated me, took my fork and fed me, what a hoot!

Jude Deveraux I found some great workshops, but several of the ones I wanted were already full. Sitting on the floor, standing room only, or could not even get in the door. Good thing there were other choices.    My very favorite author Jude Deveraux

 

Sabrina JefferiesAnother favorite Sabrina Jefferies.  I nearly fell in the floor when she said she’d heard my name.

I met so many amazing authors. And I enjoyed the Publishing House’s author signings.

Brenda Novak    20150723_102207

Jo Beverly             20150723_101202

Learned some great tips on all sorts of material.

1 JavaWrite more books and don’t worry too much about marketing. Have confidence in yourself. Not everyone will like what you write. Just keep writing.

Starbucks made a mint off of the authors!  Chuckles. And I stayed wired, but crashed in bed each night when my head hit the pillow.

20150722_180026 (1)But we were ready to go – go – go –

Time’s Square was – different. Every dress up character available for a picture My friend  went to take her photo with the statue of liberty guy,

“I work for money!”  He said !

 

Times Square      1 street

Times Sq2        Times Sq

Loved walking the streets and seeing the sights. Lots of shops,

Great Food       juniors         Bubby Gump

Broadway theaters – I so want to see “Phantom of the Opera” !

20150722_195258     20150722_195357      20150722_195219

Back to the Conference.  Golden Heart and Rita Awards. People don’t believe the grandeur of the ceremony, when I mention it is just like Hollywood Oscar and Grammy awards.

20150725_195807  20150725_201216

Thank you for sharing a walk through memory lane at the 2015 RWA Conference in New York !

For those of you who have not been, the first time for a RWA author is an eye opener experience. If you get the chance to go —  GO !  Have a great day !  And remember   . . .

Keep the Spirit !

 

 

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Keep the Spirit !

      Books available at  amazon

TheRightOne_SamanthaWyatt 400  If you would like bookmarks to go with my books, leave me a message. I will be happy to send them to you.  Share with your friends.updatedSomethingMore850HIGH

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Happy July 4th

boy   mime-attachment (1)

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

AND TO THE REPUBLIC, FOR WHICH IT STANDS,  ONE NATION UNDER GOD,

INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

KEEP IT LIT !      candle      KEEP IT LIT !

For all of our military personnel, where ever they may be.

Please Support all of the troops defending our Country.

boy flag

And God Bless our Military

who are protecting our Country for our Freedom.

Thanks to them, and their sacrifices, we can celebrate the 4th of July.

heart troups

We must never forget who gets the credit for the freedoms we have, of which we should be eternally grateful.

p ship   air ship  GB flag

I watched the flag pass by one day. It fluttered in the breeze.

 A young Marine saluted it, And then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform; so young, so tall, so proud.

With hair cut square and eyes alert, he’d stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him had fallen through the years.

How many died on foreign soil; how many mothers’ tears?

How many pilots’ planes shot down? How many died at sea?

How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?

NO, FREEDOM ISN’T FREE !  

flag photo

I heard the sound of Taps one night, when everything was still.

I listened to the bugler play And felt a sudden chill. I wondered just how many times

That Taps had meant ‘Amen.’  When a flag had draped a coffin of a brother or a friend.

 I thought of all the children, of the mothers and the wives, of fathers, sons and husbands

With interrupted lives. I thought about a graveyard At the bottom of the sea.

Of unmarked graves in Arlington .

NO FREEDOM ISN’T FREE

mime-attachment

Enjoy Your Freedom   and  God Bless Our Troops.

When you receive this,  please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our servicemen

Of all the gifts you could give a U.S. Soldier, prayer is the very best one.

     God Bless all!   mime-attachment

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

NOR

“Once again, Wyatt delivers! This book is one hot, sizzling romance that I just fell openly in love.”

The Right One

One and Only Series, #1

Once again, Wyatt delivers! This book is one hot, sizzling romance that I just fell openly in love.

Somehow I managed to read the second book of this series first. While I’m not entirely sure how I managed to overlook The Right One I can only be glad that I discovered it as this book has quickly became one of the best romances I have ever had the pleasure of reading!

If I had to pick only one trait about this book that I loved most (and there were many) I would settle on the plot. Brilliant, worthy of a good swoon and was exactly what I was looking for in not only a romance book, but a novel in general as I feel like Wyatt was the author I have long been searching for.

Moving onward to the characters, I fell in love with both Morgan and Katherine. Their story started off a little rough but that is to be expected given their introduction. I thought that Katherine paired perfectly with Morgan as she was a strong-willed character that even when in fear she was able to stand her own ground. As for Morgan I enjoyed how thick his outer masculinity appeared, but with Katherine he seemed somewhat softer to the point that I enjoyed his rugged character that much more.

This book is not only one of my favorites, but so is this series. I’m greatly looking forward to reading more from Wyatt as I have not only found a new favorite author in her works, but also found in an author that is one to watch out for!

https://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Reviews/Lwynters-reviews-The-Right-One-by-Samanthya-Wyatt

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Author Page on facebook

Please visit my new author page on facebook and give it a LIKE !

facebook author page

twitter     @samanthyawyatt

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment