Originally Posted by EileenG
Don't make up a lot of crap and expect people to buy it.
If you have a specific expertise in something, use that to give your book realism. If you are writing about something you don't know about, do the damn research.
As an example: I know about horses. If I'm writing a scene with horses, I know exactly what the horse can do, how it moves, how it smells, how it will react in verious situations. I don't have to lecture the reader about horses, it's obvious.
On the other hand, I don't drive and know nothing about car engines. If I attempted to write a scene with a car engine, it's likely to be "he connected the shiny thing to the round thing and twiddled a knobbly thing". So my choice is either not writing scenes that involve more driving than "He ignored the red light as he raced after the grey car" or I can get an expert to supervise my technical car scenes.
People who write books on relationships should read this.