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How many times have you “taken a rain check” when you were asked out? Probably more times than you could count. The real question is “What actually is a rain check?” “Taking a rain check” is an idiom that means that you want to postpone something. When you take a rain check, you’re actually rescheduling. Here’s the explanation why. The term “take a rain check” has been in use as early as the 1870s. When baseball games were postponed because of the rain, baseball teams would reissue the audience tickets. These tickets became known as “rain checks.” Eventually, rain checks became a popular thing for other outdoor games or events that have to be rescheduled because of bad weather.... Read more

This Grammar Chaos entry presents the correct use of the words credit and credits as well as some sample sentences containing these similar but different terms. If you can’t tell whether to use credit or credits in a sentence, this quick tutorial might just be for you! Don’t be deceived by that additional s! You might be familiar with the saying, “Give credit where credit is due,” which means it’s important to acknowledge someone for their hard work. But if, say, that person has made a lot of contributions—giving money to charity, finding the cure for a disease, saving your neighbor’s puppy from drowning that one time—why is it incorrect to change credit to credits? Let’s start of... Read more

“Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.” — Richard Paul Evans Richard Paul Evans may be the New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Christmas Box, but this wasn’t something that he’d been planning his whole life around. What started as a mere hobby turned into a fruitful career. An advertising executive, Evans wrote and self-published The Christmas Box, a Christmas story for children. He did this after he was unable to find a publisher or agent. The story was published as a paperback novella in 1993 and distributed in his community. The Christmas Box is about a family of three who moves in the Victorian h... Read more

Writers keep trying to be original, but let’s face it: in fiction, nothing is really original anymore. There’s proof! The Seven Basic Plots is a book by psychologist Christopher Booker about, well, the seven basic plots most often used by writers and most enjoyed by readers. Even though the title says seven, there are actually nine mentioned in the book. According to Booker, the additional two plots are rare but are recently making a comeback in fiction. Critics have initially dismissed Booker’s theory on the basic plots, but it is of good use to beginning writers. These basic frameworks can help give direction to your story. Read on to find out where these plots can take your story.... Read more

Author Charlene A. Wilson shared with us some tips about writing, why she loves her fans, and why you should read her new book, Fire and Fantasy. Wilson started writing at a young age, fueled by her imagination. “I’ve had vivid dreams since childhood, and in my teens, I used to tell little stories about some of them. It was easy since dreamer’s omniscience lets me see many sides of what was happening. Several of my friends asked me to write them down, and it soon became a favorite pastime.” Later on, writing became more than just a pastime. It became a habit. She writes almost daily, anywhere between one hour and ten hours, but she makes it a point to work on her books every day.... Read more

Have you ever been stuck at the supermarket checkout? Have you tried to check out of a hotel by yourself? Have you ever been confused whether to use checkout or check out when writing the word or phrase down? If your answer to the final question is yes, then check this article out. Before we go any further, let us first clarify: yes, there is definitely a difference between checkout and check out. These aren’t words that you can randomly interchange because one of them simply went out of style some years ago. So let’s get to defining. Checkout, the single word, can be used as both a noun and an adjective. Check out is its verb phrase. Sometimes, check out is spelled as check-out.... Read more

Darren Shan is one of very few authors who, through the power of words, possesses the amazing ability to make your skin crawl. Born in London, O’Shaughnessy’s family moved to Limerick, Ireland, when he was six years old. He has lived there ever since. O’Shaughnessy started writing short stories and comics at fourteen, most of which were left unfinished. He joined a TV scriptwriting competition at age fifteen, where he placed runner-up for a dark comedy called A Day in the Morgue. At age seventeen, he finished Mute Pursuit, a manuscript that was never published. After the experience, O’Shaughnessy decided to focus on writing novels rather than short stories. O’Shaughnessy pursued de... Read more

I hope everyone is enjoying their time. My name is Dhea Olesen, founder of 1-Hour Proofreading. I know Thanksgiving means different things to different people. But to me, I'm taking it literally as a time to celebrate our appreciation of things in life. With this, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for supporting our start-up. Since 1-Hour Proofreading was launched, we have been overwhelmed by the number of users registering every day and trusting their papers to us, from business letters, personal statements, and resumes, to novels, short stories, and academic papers and journal articles. As we strive to be the most reliable editorial service provider that promotes and o... Read more