Book Review: Grammar Girl’s 101 Troublesome Words You’ll Master in No Time

Writing the simplest statement has often been a nightmare for me. No kidding. Here’s but a brief glimpse as to what I go through: “Alright (all right?), my oldest (or is it eldest?) granddaughter had just gotten (is that even a word??) into (one word? two?) her dad’s Jeep for the long trek back home while I (when I, maybe?)–Oh, forget it!!” Okay, so I’m a tad anal . . . and neurotic . . .

So thank goodness for Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty, who has saved my grammatical sanity once again. Just when I thought that nothing could top her Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing and Grammar Devotional as my go-to guides when mired in writerly angst, she comes out with the jewel Grammar Girl’s 101 Troublesome Words You’ll Master in No Time.  And it’s right on time too. I’m not sure how much longer I could have hovered on the brink.

Before, I tore my style guides and other references apart, searching for guidance on these 101 troublesome (translation: crazy-making) words, but no more. Grammar Girl’s much-needed and welcomed advice in 101 Troublesome Words lays (or is it lies? Looked it up–it’s lays) just within reach as I bang away on my keyboard. And I feel sooo much better now, as stability is now restored in grammar world (well, at least for the moment). And you, my fellow anal/neurotics (you know who you are), will feel much better too. I promise.

Thank you, Grammar Girl. Once again.


Six Full Days and Nights to Write. Heaven!

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Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp

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Sponsored by the Wisconsin Writers Association, Inc.

6 days, 6 nights focused entirely on your writing

May 26-June 1, 2013

Cedar Valley Center and Spa, 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Don’t let the name “Novel-In-Progress” fool you. This intensive bookcamp is an awesome opportunity for writers who are involved in any book-length project to do NOTHING BUT WRITE for six full days and nights! And although the bookcamp is sponsored by Wisconsin Writers Association, it is not limited to WWA members or to residents of Wisconsin. All writers of any fiction genre or creative nonfiction from all over the globe are welcome!

The Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp is a full immersion retreat and writing class workshop led by professional authors, editors, and literary agents tailored to help you prepare a book-length project for publication—whether that means advancing your work from outline stage, solving a sticking point in your plot, or suggesting final polishing tips before you send it to agents or publishers. Here is what the bookcamp offers:

  • Concentrated instruction to sharpen your storytelling skills.
  • Group critique sessions to improve your mastery of plot, prose, voice, and characters.
  • Valuable personal writing time to work on your book-in-progress.
  • One-on-one advice from award-winning authors, literary agents, and publisher.
  • An opportunity to pitch your project to a professional editor or agent.
  • The latest information on the evolving publishing business today straight from the pros.

You will meet: Reed Farrel Coleman, award-winning mystery novelist and writing instructor from New York; Dawn Frederick and Jennie Goloboy, literary agents from St. Paul, Minn.; Philip Martin, award-winning author, publisher, journalist, and book doctor from Milwaukee; best-selling novelist Karen McQuestion from southeast Wisconsin; and others.

For more information and application instructions, contact Dave Rank, N-I-P Bookcamp Director at or 262-334-8790. Please check out our blog and Like and Share us on!/NIPBookcamp.

Don’t pass up this opportunity!!