A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post every day except Sundays during the month of April on a thematic topic–nothing else. This year, I’ll be covering writing genres.
A subgenre of thrillers that focus on the military in the plot
- Consider whether certain violent elements need to be included.
- If your violence is comic, be cautious of subtext. Some may be sensitive to the meaning.
- Research is key. You have to describe the weapons and strategy correctly.
- Understand the military before writing about it.
- Respect the military and their processes. Most successful military fiction is positive about the military.
- Make sure your characters sound military, from their appearance to their language to their thoughts and actions.
- Know the military details relevant to the era you’re writing about.
- Use appropriate military language. Research it if necessary or interview someone who can walk the walk.
- Know the culture of military life. It’s different than civilian.
- Include lots of action. Military fiction is not as introspective, character-driven, or sensitive as other genres.
- Killer Angels by Jeff Shaara (and pretty much anything by Jeff Shaara)
- Master and Commander by Aubrey Maturin
- Semper Fi by W.E.B. Griffin (and most of Griffin’s series)
- The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James D. Hornfischer
- Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
- The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
- For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
- The Winds of War by Herman Wouk
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
- The Hunt For Red October by Tom Clancy
- Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy
- From Here to Eternity by James Jones
More M Genres:
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for May 2017. Click to follow its progress.