I recently finished a shifter/gay fiction tale where one of the protagonists was a shepherd mix. Minor characters included other dog breeds. I found myself consulting the AKA and style guides to find out when to capitalize and when not to. It was confusing, to say the least.
Ditto on guns. I’m forever on forums, stalking the arms
dealers aficionados for info on what’s hot, what’s not in the crime-fighting ‘Verse. There’s a whole nother language when it comes to firearms, and you need to get it right or risk losing a big portion of your readership to faulty research.
And military ranks? Oy vey!!!
Here are some useful blog posts that will help clarify any questions you might have:
Writing about Dogs
About Guns in Your Writing
Military Terms and Style in Fiction
Happy Tuesday, make it a peaceful, productive day!