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Do you think your military service enhances or detracts from your writing?

  1. lorlie6 profile image82
    lorlie6posted 7 years ago

    Do you think your military service enhances or detracts from your writing?

  2. jmoe2107 profile image56
    jmoe2107posted 7 years ago

    I feel that my military experience has enhanced my writing. I have seen so much in my life that I have never imagined, until I joined the service. My mind set has matured leaps and bounds from when I originally joined. Don't get me wrong I'm no spring chicken but I have a lot more knowledge now then I would have just staying in my home town. Now depending on the subject asked of me or the service, will be the test. I have lost friends in the service and a son in the civilian world, there is no telling how my response would be from one day to the next. I hope I have answered your question in a way that is understandable. I know it's a bit much but in order to get to know the writer the truth should be known.

  3. kannanwrites profile image93
    kannanwritesposted 7 years ago

    I think any experience will only enhance one's writing as long as he or she is ready to take it in their stride and work towards improving it.

  4. vietnamvet68 profile image59
    vietnamvet68posted 7 years ago

    I think it enhances my writing as everyone always want more, but I like to write about a lot of other subjects as well. Check me out sometime. God Bless

  5. Wayne Brown profile image84
    Wayne Brownposted 7 years ago

    I have not given it a lot of thought but in doing so, I would have to say that the 6+ years that I spent in the Air Force gave me a lot more life experiences than I might have otherwise had.  I can draw from this for my writing in terms of situations, characters, etc.  I think that is the real extent of it. Some might feel that it brings a bit of self-discipline to the formula.  I would not disagree but I do not feel that is the source of my own self-discipline in terms of writing. WB

  6. BobbiRant profile image59
    BobbiRantposted 7 years ago

    I think military experiences while many are similar,there are also unique happenings that each one experiences, even if it's the feeling the experiences invoke when in a new environment.  I personally love reading about them.  I'd have to vote for enhances the writings.

  7. GusTheRedneck profile image72
    GusTheRedneckposted 7 years ago

    I would go along with Wayne Brown's answer and that of jmoe as well. I would also add to their answers with this: I write a lot about things that popped in front of me during my military years (14 of those) plus, I suppose that I am something of a rebellious sort and, once out of the military I let the writing cut loose. When a person is in the service, there are so very many restrictions. A person just can't wing it on their own.

    Like everyone said, if you have many experiences in your life, they help you be a better writer. I am still trying.

 
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