Have to run really quickly, so I am putting this up as food for thought: how many times does an author annoy a reader because a random detail is inaccurate? How would one find out how an owl sounds when it swoops? Food for thought for writers. (It also goes to show that you can’t please every reader, though–the author that doesn’t know how owls sound when they swoop might have been concentrating on the historical details or the worldbuilding or something else equally or more important.)
And don’t forget, there is a new episode up of Writing Excuses. I haven’t listened to it yet, but the last one had some good tips. This time they’re talking about blending the familiar and the original.