Swept Up is FREE on Amazon!

Just a quick post here. I am on a 4 day writing mini-retreat here, but I found out that one of my favorite books, “Swept Up” is free on Amazon for this weekend.

I reviewed it recently and I’m excited that you can get your own copy and enjoy the book as much as I did.

Grab a copy on Amazon!

Happy reading!

I’ll Be Moving, Name Will Stay

There comes a time in every teenager’s life to move out of the parents’ house.

OK, I’m not a teenager (I wish!), but my blog is growing in a mature young adult and it needs more room (and tools) to grow. It needs to move.

I have enjoyed immensely my time, opportunity and tools that WordPress.com offered and the bloggers I have discovered here, but as I’m growing as a writer and blog owner, I find myself running into limitations of WP.com more and more. After much consideration, I have decided that it’s time to move to a self-hosted solution where I can truly spread my wings.

The good news, I own my blog’s domain so my blog address will stay as www.LillithBlack.com, so all the wonderful people that are following my blog now will be able to find me at my new location. Still, I would hate to lose you guys and gals, so if you want to stay in touch after the move, please follow the link and sign up for my Weekly Inspiration Newsletter where I send out content you won’t find on my blog as well as links to any recent posts I had.

I also welcome any advice, heads up on pain points when it comes to migrating the blog from one place to another, so please do post in the comments below this post any info you have.

The move will take place in September and I will give you updates as I’m going through the process so you know when I switch over. I have already added all the awesome blogs that I follow today to my Old Reader so I can follow you after I no longer have the access to Freshly Pressed. I always do and will look forward to your fantastic posts.

Until later, with growing pains…

Yours truly


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Lessons From The Writers Conference

Recently I have attended Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference. It’s a fantastic event that takes place every summer with over fifty speakers on a variety of topics. Dozens of sessions run in three tracks: Aspiring, Active and Accomplished.

There is something for everyone: self-editing techniques, development of the characters, secrets of writing a romance, meeting with the agents, learning to pitch your book and then pitching it.

It’s an annual even that I always look forward to and where I learn a lot.

This year there were a few things that stuck with me and I would like to share them with you.

  • Write a short story about each of your main characters to get to know them better
  • ‘Interview’ your character to achieve the same
  • Give character a small pattern of behavior that has a meaning behind it and use it throughout the story
  • Pick out character’s favorite words (10 to 20) and use them to give your character unique voice
  • When re-writing your book, read through it and create an outline to see if your story flows and if there are any plot holes
  • In your re-writing make sure that these elements are addressed:
    • Structure
    • Pace
    • Conflict
    • Consistency of tone
    • Number of characters
  • Be persistent in marketing and in learning the craft
  • Networking is extremely important
  • Make sure to buy your own ISBNs (http://www.bowker.com/)
  • Writing is a business and you are responsible for it and should treat it as such

I highly recommend attending a writers conference in your area. It’s a great place to learn, meet fellow writers, forge friendships, make valuable connections and even pitch your book.

Have you attended conferences/writer events recently?



Drive Your Story With Fear

Excellent post! We tend to protect our characters and forget the importance of fear in story building.

Life Is Fiction

What does your character fear?

We all know that when moving our stories forward we’re supposed to make things worse for the protagonist.  Is he lost?  Let the sun set, let the rain come. Is he alone?  Find someone to stalk him.  Is she being hunted?  Take away her defenses. Does she need to find a cure? Have it fall into the hands of the antagonist.  This is all something fundamental, though many of us forget about it or fail to take it far enough. You know those books where the hero is having enough trouble as it is, and the next obstacle in his path makes us cringe?  Then ten pages later it gets even worse? Sometimes we forget that things can always get worse.

So let’s try again.  Is he lost?  Let the sun set, make it a moonless night.  Then let us know that as a child he was locked…

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The Benefits of Writing a Terrible First Novel

Excellent post! I think for a lot of us it might apply to the second and maybe even third book! What is that they say about writing a million words before we produce a really good book? 😀

Words of Margaux

As some of you may know, I recently completed a novel for the first time. After two failed attempts to complete manuscripts before, just the fact that I wrote “The End” was an accomplishment to me. I took some time away from the book in attempt to return to it with a fresh perspective. What I saw upon my return, however, shocked and disappointed me. My finished book, the one I spent three months writing, was not worth reading. Many find it difficult to admit this about their own creations – believe me, it took me a while to accept the fact myself. In spite of how disappointed I was by the first draft of my book, there are invaluable lessons that I learned throughout the process.

Many might say that I shouldn’t put so much pressure on myself, a first draft is never as good, and it was only…

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