Return from war


It probably doesn’t matter which war one is fighting in, returning from or writing about. The similarities are likely stronger than the differences. Those fighting in or returning from have the advantage and the horror of personal experience. A writer with that experience may benefit or suffer from it.

Boer War; sick and wounded soldiers returning down country. Wellcome V0015532
Boer War; sick and wounded soldiers returning down country. 1899 – 1902
The war in my current WIP is the 30 Years War, 1618 to 1648 in Europe. I make no pretense of “getting it right” but hope to know and understand at least enough for it to be realistic and evocative.

For those in a similar situation, here is one list of the best ten returning from war living room war destroyed buildingbooks.


About jeanlatzgriffin

Jean Latz Griffin is the owner of CyberINK, a small business that produces quirky skeleton-themed products. She has finished the first draft of a historical fantasy and received comments from her agent. She has turned to Orson Scott Card for tips on the second draft. She is author of "In the Same Breath," and "One Spirit: A Creation Story for the 21st Century." She has a certificate in creative writing from the University of Chicago's Writers Studio. Griffin is a member of the growing community of former Chicago Tribune reporters, enjoys Weekend Writing Warriors and the Story Studio in Chicago. Her Sheltie, Thunder, likes to "type" on her computer keys, and Dr Wu, a Weimaraner, likes to lick her ear when she is trying to think. Her husband passed in June of 2011. Her three fabulous grown sons live nearby. She plays violin in an amateur string orchestra.

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