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'Why We Write' Series: Final Thoughts

Conclusion of the #WhyWeWrite Series

The Forge Editors


Today’s contributions from LTCOL Clare O’Neill and GPCAPT Jason Begley are the last in the #WhyWeWrite series. GPCAPT Begley emphasises the importance of the discipline of writing for refining the thinking process. LTCOL O’Neill’s piece reflects on how far we have come in the ADF in professional writing, in working collaboratively as a team, and the origin story of the Grounded Curiosity blog.

The Forge Editors
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Why We Write Series - Blood, Treasure and Time

Finding Virtue In Violence Or Writing For A Moral Compass In The 21st Century

Finding Virtue In Violence Or Writing For A Moral Compass In The 21st Century

LTCOL Thomas McDermott


‘For we know enough, if we know we are the king’s subjects; if his cause be wrong, our obedience to the king wipes the crime out of us'.

Bates, a soldier, to a disguised King Henry V, Act IV, Scene 1 [1]

LTCOL Thomas McDermott
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Why We Write Series - Blood, Treasure and Time

'Why We Write' Series - WHY I WRITE

#Why I Write

WGCDR Chris McInnes

I find writing difficult and, frequently, not enjoyable. For me, answering the title question typically involves much wailing and gnashing of teeth as I ponder why I keep doing this to myself. But then I will see a new, stronger argument emerge from what I have put down on page or a nice turn of phrase will allow a small glimmer of ‘you can genuinely write’ light into the ‘you’re an impostor, what do you think you’re doing’ darkness.

WGCDR Chris McInnes
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Why We Write Series - Blood, Treasure and Time

'Why We Write' Series - Why I Write

#WhyWeWrite Series Why I Write

SQNLDR Ulas Yildirim


A couple of years ago, I attended the Australian Command and Staff Course (ACSC). I can comfortably say that ACSC was a very enjoyable period in my career. I put a lot of effort into engaging with the course material and broadening my network. Therefore, following the course I wanted to further the skills I had developed. Importantly, I felt that without continued practice these skills would perish and all the effort and angst would be wasted. Hence, the following is why I write:

I write for me.

SQNLDR Ulas Yildirim
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'Why We Write' Series - An interview on writing

Why do I write?

Ian Langford

Ian Langford
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'Why We Write' Series - Why I write

Why I write

Marija “Maz” Jovanovich

Marija “Maz” Jovanovich
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'Why We Write' Series - Writing to Understand War - cleansing your soul in 1000 words or less…

Writing to Understand War - cleansing your soul in 1000 words or less….

WGCDR Jo Brick

Jo Brick
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'Why We Write' Series - Writing and Fighting: The Intellectual Edge

Writing and Fighting: The Intellectual Edge

Christopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson
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'Why We Write' Series - #WhyWeWrite

#WhyWeWrite

Jenna Higgins

Jenna Higgins
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'Why We Write' Series - Writing to convince – why I write

Writing to convince – why I write

David Beaumont

David Beaumont
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Why We Write Series - Blood, Treasure and Time

'Why We Write' Series - Blood, Treasure, and Time

Blood, Treasure, and Time.

Mick Cook

LTCOL Mick Cook
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Why We Write - Why We Don't Write

'Why We Write' Series - Why We Don't Write

Why We Don’t Write

Kate Tollenaar

'If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word’

Margaret Atwood

 

This piece is written to offer a different perspective for The Forge series of articles on #whywewrite. Writing doesn’t come easily to everyone and this blog examines some of the common traps that hinder our writing. In exploring the reasons why we don’t write, the intent is to offer ways to approach the problem of how to write. 

MAJ Kate Tollenaar
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