Vince O’Hara, author of Struggle for the Middle Sea: The Great Navies at War in the Mediterranean Theater, 1940 – 1945, German Fleet at War, 1939-1945, and The U.S. Navy Against the Axis, shared with attendees at today’s USNI’s writing workshop his ingredients for success. According to O’Hara, the four ingredients for being a successful book author are as follows:

1. Passion. You need to care about something in order to write about it.

2. Work. Writing is work.

3. Self-confidence. Have the confidence in your work. Criticism is helpful.

4. Discipline. Make up your mind you want to do it. Then do it. Many good intentions never see the light of day.

I am inspired to write a book for the Naval Institute Press. How about you?

Posted by Jim Dolbow in Naval Institute

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  • James O. Finnegan, M.D.

    I have comlpeted a manuscript describing my experience as a combat surgeon in Vietnam. It centers around the seige of Khe Sanh where I commanded “Charlie Med”, the U.S. Navy surgical team from Jan. – Apr. 1968. We treated over 2500 casualties during that time. The book has about 33,000 words and nearly 40 short chapters.
    Would you care to evaluate my work?