Military Friday: Boot Camp (pt. 2)

Welcome back to another edition of Military Friday! This week, I’ll continue discussing a few particulars regarding Marine Corps boot camp that writers without a military background may not know. First off, the so-called sir sandwich is a thing of the past. Made famous in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, it used to be that …

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 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 …

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 …

Just Tell Me the Moon is Shining!

A popular piece of advice in modern writing is to show, don’t tell. What this roughly means is to paint a picture with your words to immerse the reader in your world rather than string together boring declarative sentences. And this is true, to a degree. You don’t want your novel reading like “See Spot …

Just Tell Me the Moon is Shining!

A popular piece of advice in modern writing is to show, don’t tell. What this roughly means is to paint a picture with your words to immerse the reader in your world rather than string together boring declarative sentences. And this is true, to a degree. You don’t want your novel reading like “See Spot …

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