Clearing up the confusion: capitalization, dog breeds & guns #writers #usefulstuff

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

Nya Rawlyns doesn’t write typical romance. She writes emotion as a contact sport, rough and often raw. It need not be pleasant, heart-warming or forever after. What she seeks is what lies beneath—a dance of extremes, the intersect of need and desire, and the compromises we make when pain and pleasure become indistinguishable. ***** 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 three pervert parakeets, she can be found day dreaming and listening to the voices in her head.
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4 Responses to Clearing up the confusion: capitalization, dog breeds & guns #writers #usefulstuff

  1. I’ll stick with blogging! You authors have to beware of too many rules!

    Hope you and Ro have a wonderful week!

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  2. Soooz says:

    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.

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