Posted by Michael Putzel • June 30, 2015
Writing a book is not like journalism. For one thing, it takes longer. Sometimes a lot longer.
In a four-decade career in news, I wrote on tight deadlines, often under pressure, and with no excuses for a story that didn’t get done on time. Then I decided to write a book, a work of nonfiction that involved reporting techniques I had practiced for years. It turned out to be a complex process that required a number of course changes along the way. I discovered there are several stages for some authors, including me.
The first is, “Oh, he’s writing a book.” Emphasis on book. Cheerful and full of expectation.
Then, after a while, it becomes, “He’s working on a book.”
When polite people stop asking how the book’s going, you’ve moved into, “He says he’s working […] READ MORE
Posted by Michael Putzel • May 25, 2015
“One of the things that Vietnam taught me, and the reporting I did subsequently after the war, was that wars don`t end. They come home, and it`s the women and the children who fight them.
There is a war to find beauty and meaning in life again. There is sometimes a war to learn how to pick up a fork, how to tie a shoe, how to reconnect with a world that sent you to do something you never really thought you were going to do. And the aftermath of war is something that is profound.
And I think — while, we didn’t recognize the soldiers enough after Vietnam, I think one of the outrages was we blamed the war on the people who fought and we in time learned to separate […] READ MORE