Friday, March 22, 2019

My Writing Mission

I don't know what it's like for other writers, but when I started this whole thing, I wanted to do more than just tell an entertaining story. I want to share real stories, ones that will make you think, change the way you see certain groups of people. And while only two of the books I've written so far deal with military, those are the stories I want to tell the most.

More than just a rugged hero who falls in love with the pretty girl. I want to tell the dark side, the demons, the shadows. I want to talk about the grief, the survivors guilt, the way no one comes back from combat unscathed.

I also want to show the silly side to America's heroes. The insight they gain from having to grow up fast than their peers. They way they love with abandon, knowing every day is a gift.

I want to show the women behind the men {or the men behind the women} and that not only the military can suffer from PTSD. And holding down the homefront with a yellow ribbon around the tree doesn't always feel as honorable as it looks.

And in my non-military stories, I want to continue that realness. Showing the true aspects of life. Love, death, every day struggles. Not every story has a happy ending, but they all don't shy away from how it truly is.

I've been inspired by shows like This Is Us and A Million Little Things. The ones that make you cry and cheer every week, knowing you've experienced things just like they show in real life.

So that is my writing mission. One I hope to continue throughout my career, and hopefully one I'll be able to share with all of you once I'm published.

What is your writing mission?

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