Military Friday: Boot Camp (pt.1)

I’m posting this a day early because tomorrow is the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in America, and I have a different kind of post planned. Welcome back to another edition of Military Fridays! This is a series of blog posts I’m doing to help other writer get a better glimpse at what …

Military Friday: Tactics and SOP’s in Afghanistan

Welcome to another edition of Military Fridays! This is a weekly feature where I, a Marine Corps veteran, help other writers create believable military characters or scenes. Today, I’ll be talking a bit about tactics and what SOP’s (standard operating procedures) looked like in Afghanistan. First off, I’ll discuss room clearing procedures. To begin, I’ll …

Military Advice: Muskets and More!

Welcome to the first installment of my new series: Military Friday’s! Each Friday I’ll try to offer some advice for how to write military characters or scenes in your books, using my own experience as a rifleman in the United States Marine Corps. This week, I’m going to stick to the basics and tell you …

New Blog Series: Military Advice!

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 …

Author Interview with Joshua Lee Ronin

Welcome back to another Author Interview! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, and today’s guest is Joshua Lee Ronin. I ran into Josh in the Writing Community on Twitter and he’s been a super positive, supportive voice there and I really appreciate his presence, so conducting an interview with him just …

Writing Advice: Was Adolf Hitler a ‘Morally Grey’ Villain?

In the last couple weeks, the Writing Community on Twitter has been talking about ‘morally grey’ villains a lot. Villains that aren’t mustache-twirling, top-hatted gentleman tying damsels in distress to railroad tracks. And now that I’ve got your attention (apologies for the click-baity title) I’m gonna delve into this issue and explain some problems with …

Silver and Gold

Today we’re doing something a little different. Now I am not a financial advisor and have no professional experience, but I do know a thing or two about investing and I’ve dabbled in precious metals. Yesterday, gold prices reached a record high at $2,000 an ounce. Silver, often called the poor man’s gold, has also …

1st Person vs 3rd Person

Ah, the age old debate, as classic an argument as GIF vs JIF, Coke vs Pepsi, or 9mm vs .45 caliber (it’s GIF, Coke, and .45, by the way). So which is truly better to read? Well, that answer is different for everyone. As for me, I tend to prefer 3rd person, and here’s why. …

Should You Use Real Presidents in Fictional Worlds?

The office of the President of the United States is arguably the most powerful, influential position in the world at this time in history. That makes whoever holds that office a pretty easy target for the authors of fiction. But should you pluck this low-hanging fruit? I recently read a dystopian book in which a …

Do you need an email list?

For many years, an email list has been considered an indispensable part of selling books. Read any advice column on publishing and it’s likely that before long you’ll be commanded to build an email list a mile long or face the wrath of zero book sales. Now buckle up, because I’m about to tell you …

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