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!
About Nya Rawlyns
Crossing boundaries, taking no prisoners. Write what’s in your soul. It’s the bass beat, the heartbeat, the lyrics rude and true. Nya Rawlyns is the pseudonym of a writer who cut her teeth on sports-themed romantic comedy and historical romances before finding her true calling in the wilderness areas she has visited but calls “home” in that place that counts the most: the heart. She has lived in the country and on a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay, earned more than 1000 miles in competitive trail and endurance racing, taught Political Science to unwilling freshmen, and found an avocation in materials science. When she isn’t tending to her garden or the horses, the cats, or two pervert parakeets, she can be found day dreaming and listening to the voices in her head.
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I’ll stick with blogging! You authors have to beware of too many rules!
Hope you and Ro have a wonderful week!
Thanks! Hope your week is fabulous too! I think we all need a bit of glitter in our lives
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Thanks as always for such an informative post…I’m still checking through my current work in progress to make certain I have all the military terminology correct. And I have thankfully gone in and edited the name of the gun I used in the 1st book, thanks to you picking it up for me when you read it. I spend so much time researching, and still manage to make errors. I wish I could afford an editor. Maybe one day.
Maybe the damn thing wouldn’t be so popular if it really was named *that*
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