Write Tight Site | Tight Writing Tips

I came across this site while I was looking up how to cut down on the use of prepositions in writing. Looks like a very good site, so I though I’d pass it along. The blog owner is a person by the name of Ann.

Thanks Ann and Happy editing!

Write Tight Site | Tight Writing Tips.

What Famous Author is 185 Today?

I’ve got another famous birthday to share. Here’s his picture, but it’s when he’s young so most probably won’t recognize him.


I’ll give you a few hints via quotes.

“It’s amazing how complete the delusion that beauty is goodness.”  (That one’s a bit obscure so try this one.)

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” (I think he may be right on this, but I don’t necessarily like that he’s right – Oh! I’ve given away a clue: the person is a male. Well, I guess the picture gives that away, anyway!)

(I didn’t know about this one but I like it.) “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

(Are you getting closer? This one should give it away. It’s one of my favorites.)
“All, everything I understand, I understand  only because I love.”

Any idea yet?

Initials are: L. T.

He was Russian.

Okay, now you’ve got it. Yes, it’s Leo Tolstoy. tolstoy -Leo was born on Sept 9th, 1828 in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia. He died Nov. 20th, 1910.

I’m going to share one more I didn’t know of but I think is very apt for the time: “Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.”

Well said, Leo, well said.

(photo taken from

Hiring a Ghost Editor – The Experience That Haunts Me | Lorraine Duffy Merkl | Blog Post | Red Room

Some editing/publishing words of wisdom from Lorraine Duffy Merkly – read on…



Hiring a Ghost Editor – The Experience That Haunts Me | Lorraine Duffy Merkl | Blog Post | Red Room.

Have You Found Your Writing Voice?

Here is a little piece that you don’t hear much about in writing – your voice.

What is “your voice?” you may ask.

from foxnews

from foxnews

Well, those words are used to describe the style of your writing, the little quirks, sayings, grammar style that you have that is different (or maybe similar) to other writers.

Some “voices” are very distinctive: Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut are two authors that come to my mind.

Now, just because you use a particular voice in one story, you can’t use a different voice in a new story, but there is probably one style that you are most comfortable writing in – your style.

Check out what Joe Bunting and Ted Dekker say about finding your voice.

p.s. I small but important thing to remember – if you have a book you want someone to edit. If you have a particular thing (short sentences, capital letters where there might not normally be…), let you editor know ahead of time. It will save you the aggravation of changing back all those things they thought was  grammatically incorrect but was really just your style/voice. It will also save the editor time. A win-win!

Have You Found Your Writing Voice?.

What’s in a Style Guide

Did you know that editors use style guides when editing a piece of work. What they are editing and who they are editing for can both determine what style guide they will use. I use the Chicago Manual of Style – commonly used for fiction – and the AP (Associated Press) Style Guide – commonly used for news print and web news. Companies often create their own style guides so that all the copy that leaves a particular company looks the same and so the staff don’t throw things at each other over punctuation and grammar arguments. (Really, it could happen!) arguing

Andrew Doty and Amy Lorenti will give you some inside poop on style guides, if really want to know.


7 Writing Lessons from Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Some ideas about writing from Joe Bunting and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

I don’t think you have to be a journalist to write well, but I do agree with the idea of keeping it “real.” Fiction mixed with real life is always more believable. I have not read Marquez myself but I put him on my to read list. I like magic. I’ll blog a review when I get around to reading his book(s).

7 Writing Lessons from Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

What is the Oxford Comma?

A bit of punctuation trivia for you writers out there.

Also – the Oxford (or serial) comma is taken from The Chicago Manual of Style, a style guide that fiction writers generally use for their writing vs the AP Style Guide, which is used for newspapers and web content.

What is the Oxford Comma?.

Beta Reader, what’s that?

This is a little (and I mean little) post on beta readers. If you don’t know what a beta reader is, don’t worry. I have used them but didn’t know the chic, book-world term I was supposed to call them. If you click on the Bibliocrunch link below, you’ll learn all about them. What you will also see is a bit better link to a blog by Belinda Pollard. His post will discuss what makes a good beta reader. I particularly like her comment of finding someone who knows the difference in “proper” English and the writers voice. They are not always the same thing. When you do find a good beta reader, be nice to them, very nice to them! They are wonderful people and a must have for any writer whether if you are going to self-publish or go the traditional route.

BiblioCrunch | Self Publishing Blog.

Book Giveaway!

In honor of the book release this Friday, June 14th at Frugal Muse  West (by Target/Menards) in Madison, 7 p.m., of Living in the House of Drugs I will be giving away 4 free copies of the book on Goodreads. You’re also welcome to come to the release event and meet Willie!


   As a child in 1980s, Chicago Willie stole to help feed his brothers, sister, and himself. In grade school his teacher told him to have his parents help him with his homework, but his mother, the only parent around, didn’t know how. As a young man Willie started smoking pot, which easily turned into harder drugs. This eventually led Willie to a life under someone’s front porch, two prison sentences, numerous trips to jail, and various recovery programs.

  Living in the House of Drugs is the story of Willie Lee Triplett, a recovering addict and alcoholic. It tells of Willie’s life in the suburbs of one of Chicago’s poorer neighborhoods, his chance trip to Wisconsin, and his struggle for sobriety. It’s a no-holds-barred account of Willie’s life on the street, in prison, and the roller coaster ride of recovery that many addicts know well. The story is unique in its telling, following not only Willie’s interesting life story but also the author’s interactions with Willie as she learns of his sometimes sordid past, seeing beyond the story and into the man.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Living in the House of Drugs by Christine Keleny

Living in the House of Drugs

by Christine Keleny

Giveaway ends June 30, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Good Luck!