I’ve written almost a thousand articles for SOFREP, not counting my days of writing for the Military dotcom Deathstar. This was before the Force awakened and SOFREP was born. Sorry, couldn’t resist, I’m a Star Wars nerd.

Many lessons have been learned and egos bruised over the years and more than a few times I’ve found myself wanting to hit the “unpublish” button. But, like the sniper shot that misses its mark, you can’t focus on the bad shots, you focus on the next one, and better make it count.

Sharpening my nonfiction writing skills has been a fun, tireless, and expressive journey. In some ways, it has helped me deal with my own issues around my combat experience and post SEAL Team life. A snake pit of competitive alpha males and some, maybe most, transition like a dog on fire.

I’d like to think I’ve gotten good writing non fiction. However, fiction (the made up stuff) is like switching from pistols to long guns, it’s an entirely different skillset.