Alice Sudlow has a keen eye for comma splices, misplaced hyphens, and well-turned sentences, which she puts to good use as the content editor of The Write Practice and Short Fiction Break literary magazine. She loves to help writers hone their craft and take their writing from good to excellent.
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Every writer has a dream. It’s what compels you to write in the early hours of the morning, after everyone has gone to bed, in the spare minutes you steal away during the day. It’s what motivates you when you’re stuck in the middle of a story, wondering whether the grueling work of writing is truly worth it.
Is writing worth it? Yes.
Are your stories worth telling? Absolutely, yes.
And if you pursue your dreams and dare to write, can your writing change the world? Definitely.How This Writer Changed the World With His Story »
You work hard to write your best story—and if you’re honest, you’re pretty sure it’s amazing. You share it with other writers to get their feedback, and they agree. You work up your courage and hit the “Submit” button, sending it off to a mysterious panel of writing contest judges.
And then . . . you wait. What will the judges think? Will they agree your story deserves to win it all? Did you write the kind of story that will catch the judges’ eye? What kind of story is that, anyway?
I’m going to take you behind the scenes and reveal exactly what judges are looking for when they choose the winners of writing contests.This Judge Reveals 10 Steps to Win a Writing Contest »
Today, Americans are celebrating our independence. It’s a day full of cookouts and fireworks and enjoying the sun. It’s also a great day for a writing prompt!Independence Day Writing Prompt »
It bears repeating that the English language is full of odd sayings. Never fear, though—we’re here to break them down.
Today, we’re taking on a hairy turn of phrase: “it bears repeating.” Or is it “it bares repeating”?It Bears Repeating: Is It Bears or Bares? »
Words in English are tricky things. They merge and morph, even little changes adding layers of new meaning. Don’t believe me? Here’s an area I see lots of people getting tripped up: setup vs. set up. Is it one word or two? And does it even matter?
Actually, it’s both, and yes, it does matter. Let’s take a look at why, shall we?The Subtle Difference Between Setup vs. Set Up and Other Phrasal Verbs »
Italics, quotation marks, underlines, plain old capital letters—when it comes to writing titles, the rules can feel like a confusing mess. Do you italicize book titles? What about movie titles? And for goodness’ sake, what should you do with pesky things like TV shows, short stories, or Youtube videos?
With so many different kinds of media, it’s easy to get lost in all the rules. Let’s demystify them, shall we?Do You Italicize Book Titles? And Other Title Conundrums »
English is a pretty convoluted language. Even when things seem straightforward, exceptions pop up to turn regular rules upside down.
Throughout the history of the English language, we’ve pulled in words from all kinds of different sources and integrated them into regular language. For the most part, we’ve been okay about standardizing things—generally, to make something plural, all you have to do is add an “s” to the end.
But here’s a question for you: what’s the plural of “fish”?What’s the Plural of Fish? »
Do you like delicious, large, fresh, round, red apples? Or do you prefer crunchy, long, orange, locally grown carrots?
Whatever your produce preferences, I bet you don’t like red, large, delicious, fresh, round apples or locally grown, orange, long, crunchy carrots.
If you’re confused about this, you’re not alone. J. R. R. Tolkien ran into this little-known quirk of English grammar when he first began writing.How to Order Your Expressive, Long Adjectives Correctly »
This winter, The Write Practice is partnering with Short Fiction Break literary magazine to host a writing contest in which every writer gets published. WritingWinter Writing Contest »
This contest is currently closed. To participate in future writing contests from The Write Practice, sign up for the waiting list here. Writing Contest Guidelines Open5th Anniversary Writing Contest »
Of all the nuances of grammar in the English language, this is my greatest pet peeve. No, it’s not “its vs. it’s.” It’s not “there, their, and they’re.” It’s not even the Oxford comma.
Let’s talk conditional sentences.Follow These Rules To Write Conditional Sentences Correctly »