On Point

A Guide to Writing the Military Story

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Pub Date 01 Sep 2015 | Archive Date 01 Sep 2015

Description

Personal writing can be risky for anyone, but for military veterans, especially those suffering from post-traumatic stress, sharing stories can trigger painful and disturbing flashbacks. Writing is also risky for the ego. It is one thing to write a military story, especially one based on authentic experiences; it is quite another to muster the courage to share that story with others for critique and feedback. Award-winning journalist and author Tracy Crow presents a roadmap for writing an authentic, persuasive military story. Drawing from her personal experiences and those of other veteran writers, and from the insights of noteworthy writing and teaching professionals, On Point is the guide Crow wishes she'd had when she first began writing about her military experience. No previous writing guide specifically addresses the unique challenges and rewards facing soldiers who want to craft their military story with courage and candor.

Personal writing can be risky for anyone, but for military veterans, especially those suffering from post-traumatic stress, sharing stories can trigger painful and disturbing flashbacks. Writing is...


Advance Praise

“A great tool for veterans, military service members, military family members, and for instructors of creative writing.”—Brian Turner, author of My Life as a Foreign Country

“Both useful and graceful. . . . This book is essential for those who want to share their perspective on the growth, the ironies, the emotions, and the fundamental truths of the military experience.”—Janet Burroway, author of Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft

“Tracy Crow has written the perfect writing guide. Her advice is crisp, clear, and indispensable: just what you’d expect from a former Marine turned author.”—Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic and Desire and the director of the creative writing program at Ohio University

“Finally! A straightforward, practical primer. . . . On Point provides the necessary tools for converting one’s military experience into meaningful storytelling.”—Dwight Jon Zimmerman, #1 New York Times best-selling author and president of the Military Writers Society of America

“The world needs Tracy Crow’s writing guide because no other book has been written specifically for military veterans with stories to share. The advice is solid, her examples relevant, and her approach inspirational.”—Lee Barnes, author of Gunning for Ho and When We Walked Above the Clouds: A Memoir of Vietnam

“A great tool for veterans, military service members, military family members, and for instructors of creative writing.”—Brian Turner, author of My Life as a Foreign Country

“Both useful and graceful...


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Sound craft advice for an area writers rarely get right.

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Awesome guide to how to write believable military scenes and characters. The opportunity to review this book could not have come at a better time as I have been trying to write a book with a military background and have been struggling. I've been using this book as a guide to help me through writing some of my scenes. This is an excellent book for any author to have in their writing tools

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This book is part memoir and part writing guide for veterans and their families. I include families because they are an integral part of the veteran’s life and play an important role in the aftermath of active service, no matter where or when that service occurred. Tracy Crow is no rookie when it comes to writing memoir and has won awards for her work, so her guide is quite relevant and spot on, full of useful tips in organizing and structuring the military story. She challenges each of us to ask the really hard questions and helps us to form the answers in order to get them down on paper. On Point is an extremely useful tool for understanding the writing craft in reference top military service.

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