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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.