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How To Write For SpouseBuzz

At SpouseBuzz, we think that the best ideas about military life come from the people who are living the life right now.

So we want you to write for SpouseBuzz.  That’s right—YOU, Writer Girl, who resolved to write more this year.  We mean YOU, Writer Guy, who fumes every time the spouse story seems to be told only from a female POV.

Are you Army? Navy? Air Force? Marine Corps? Coast Guard? Reservist? National Guard? Fabulous. Every service is different and works in a slightly different way. So write for SpouseBuzz.

Are you feeling excited about military life? Sad? Confused? Irritated? Satisfied? Depressed? Energized? Angry? Tender? Join the crowd. We believe people feel what they feel—and it is all part of the journey.  So write for SpouseBuzz.

At SpouseBuzz, we welcome blog posts from military boyfriends and girlfriends, MILSOs, partners, young spouses, middling spouses, seasoned spouses, former spouses, retired spouses.

If you have been thinking of writing a post for us, here is how:

Read recent posts. Scroll through the posts we have published recently on SpouseBuzz. We publish ten posts a week on our site on a variety of topics. What topic do you see that is missing? Write that!

Expand the conversation.  If you see a post on the topic you are considering (like PCS moves), think about what you could add to on the topic. Better to write about one aspect of a topic (when to tell kids you are moving, whether or not to buy donuts for movers, how you got your husband to organize his gear before movers arrived) than to try to cover the whole topic at once.

Write 600 – 800 words. Most posts on our site are short (about 650 words) but not too short (400 words or less). Six hundred words give you enough time to develop an idea but not enough time to write the definitive work on any topic in five volumes. Trust that you will be able to write for us again.

Nugget the reader. Some of my favorite posts are the ones that tell a story. I loved Sarah Chen’s post about her toddler encountering Daddy Lookalikes. And Jodi’s post about trying to figure out how to be at peace with some of the entertaining demands on senior spouses. While both stories were personal, there was a nugget for the reader—something in it for them.

Send us what you’ve got. My personal motto is ‘Done is Better Than Perfect.’ Finished things get published and move all of us forward. Things that are waiting to be perfect before they are in the world suck all the air out of your goals. So finish. One relentless finish is better than a million well-intentioned starts.

Submit via the contact button. To submit, click the contact button at the top of the page as pictured here:

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Then paste your contribution in the message box as pictured here.

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We will let you know that your contribution was received. If we can use your piece, I will send you a request for a mini bio: your name, service affiliation, geographic region and one other little thing you want the reader to know.

If you don’t hear from us in a couple of days, resubmit—please!

I always marvel how the story of military families is told through similar experiences—separations, moves, change, Things coming together. Things falling apart. But always the story is evolving—which is endlessly fascinating to all of us who are paying attention.

 

 

 

 

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