It sounds simple. Add details. Be specific. It’s not. It’s an incredibly hard skill to learn, especially when writers a cultured to treat description as boring.
An officer talks about resiliency and failure, plus being a woman in a male-dominated place. Most notable is this quote about the culture for women:
”… It is a culture shift but it has to come from the top down because that is how the military works. It can’t be organic and it has to be the men who are taking the responsibility because the women can’t change it in the very small numbers that they are in.”
When memberships in the VFW or the American Legion come up, women say they don’t feel welcome, and they’re told to join and fix it. ^^ That’s the reason that suggestion doesn’t work.
My experience with seeing the flag folded is from NCIS and other TV series where the soldiers or Marines in their crisp uniforms and white gloves precisely fold the flag, then hand it to the family member at a funeral. Scroll down past the image for a text version of the image describing what each of the folds means. Link from my reunion cabin mate Lila Sise Spurgeon.
A lot of writers gravitate to movie writing advice to write novels. This link above shows why that’s not a good idea. There’s value in studying movies, like I’ve been doing Die Hard as part of the Novel Structure workshop. But it’s easy to veer away from the other senses and visceral reactions when trying to write a like movie, and have POV problems.
And, finally a quote I ran across at work this week, perfect for indies.
“If you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big.”
– Donald Trump