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Hello,
My question is more about how to approach an idea that I have regarding a subject I would like to write about. I would like to write about the experiences the soldiers encountered over in there tours to baghdad.I'm from Puerto Rico and being that it's a small island everytime one soldier from here dies it's a big issue.Most peopel don't really know what goes on over there and I would like to seize the opportunity and recolect some experiences photos  and what not of the people that have gone there and compile it all in a book.I'm pretty inexperienced when it goes to writting and I have an idea of how to go about this but what are good resources for me to go ahead and do this, and also if its a good idea?
Thank u for your time :)

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Dear Natalia,
Thank you for your questions. It is a good thing to write about. We must expose the sorrows of war so that as a society we will think twice before going into another war. The "leaders" in America who started the war in Iraq have never fought in war. They jumped into it not knowing how horrible it would be. They censor photos of maimed Iraqi children and don't let journalists photograph the body bags coming back with American soldiers.
There are several ways to go about it. To start out you might take a pen and notebook and just write stream of consciousness all the thoughts you've had about the subject. If you get your thoughts down on paper then you will have more room to think about the story you want to tell.
You might write it as a narrative with interviews, or you might decide to write it as a story, tracing several individuals through the war.
At my site i have posted a Fiction Writer's Workshop you can use if you decide to write it as a novel.
http://steamboats.com/writing.html
Also, there's an article on how to find a publisher. This is a book that would interest a lot of people, so i encourage you to write it.
However, be aware that most books don't earn a lot of money. Of course, this isn't the type of book you would write for money, but just write it because its needed.
I hope this helps. Write back anytime.
Sincerely,
Nori

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Nori J. Muster

Expertise

Writing and publishing books, including e-books.

Experience

I have been writing for publication since 1981, including years as a staff writer, associate editor, editorial writer, and freelance reporter. At this time, I have eight Kindle books for sale at Amazon.com.

Organizations
Lakes of Tempe Authors, Tempe, Arizona

Publications
Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement
Dreaming Peace: Your Thoughts Can Change the World
Cult Recovery Handbook: Seven Paths to an Authentic Life
Child of the Cult
Learning to Flow with the Tao: The 64 Hexagrams of the I Ching
Positive Quotations: Wisdom from the Master Mind
Collected Writings: Five Books by Nori Muster
Noriland Art Gallery: Secrets from the Vault
Spiritual Summer and Other Short Stories


Education/Credentials
UCLA Extension Writer's Program, 1988 - 1994
Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Oregon University, 1991

Awards and Honors
Interviews:
USA Today, Los Angeles Times, BBC World Services Focus on Faith, BBC Sunday Programme, Salon.com, Glamour Magazine, Portland Mercury News, W-Five TV (Toronto), Publisher's Weekly, Boston Phoenix, San Francisco Chronicle, ABC TV News - 20/20, ABC radio, Associated Press, The Age (Melbourne), Rediff.com, The New York Times, Religious News Service, Dallas Morning News, Columbia Journalism School, Whole Life Times (Los Angeles), Toronto Sun, the John Dayle Show (KFYI AM, Phoenix), the Eliot Stein Show (syndicated radio and Internet broadcast), Discovery with Josh Wagner (KKUP, 91.5 FM, Santa Clara, California), KOGO (News Radio 600, San Diego), Jupiterís Girl syndicated radio show, Lakes Log.

Book Reviews:
Publisherís Weekly, Feminist Bookstore News, Yoga Journal, New York Post, Choice Magazine, Boston Herald, Nexus (Colorado), Gentle Strength Times, Coastlines (UCSB alumni), Theology Digest, Nova Religio, Rapport, India West, Rediff.com, Amazon.com.

Book Signings:
Prescott College reunion; Gentle Strength Co-op, Tempe; Different Drummer Bookshop, Laguna Beach; L.A. Times Toastmasters; Biltmore Plaza Border's Books, Phoenix; Bodhi Tree Bookstore, Los Angeles; Health & Life Enrichment Expo, Pasadena; Sacramento Reads book festival, and others.

Publishers:
ISKCON World Review, Van Dhal Publications, Gentle Strength Times, Arizona Woman, Lakes Log, ICSA Today, Cultic Studies Review, University of Illinois Press, Kindle, steamboats.com, surrealist.org, Apple Books, and others.

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