I’ll be starting a new series of blog posts soon! In addition to my more general Writing Advice posts, I’ll focus on advice for writing about the military!

In case you don’t know, I spent 4 years in the United States Marine Corps. That’s me and the legendary Gunny R. Lee Ermey in the title image. I was an infantryman, I deployed to Afghanistan twice, and found myself in combat a time or two, so I’ve got a rich well of experience from which to draw when it comes to my own writing. But I also want to help you!

So if you’re a writer and you have military characters or situations, send me an email at pwmartuneac@yahoo.com with your questions! I highly encourage you to seek answers, because there’s nothing more cringe-inducing than a military book or movie that clearly had no military input.

For example, and to kick this series off, a common mistake is to confuse magazines and clips. Anyone who uses guns, and especially military folk, will know the difference, so it’s vital that your military characters do, too.

This is a magazine, and it’s what just about any firearm you’ll write about will take.
This is a clip. Older rifles like the American M1 Garand will use this.

Published by Peter Martuneac

Marine, Boilermaker, husband and father. I'm here to share my thoughts on all things political or philosophical.

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