How to Portray the Realities of War Accurately in Writing

Swords flash. Shields clash. Spears glint. Horses thunder across the plains. Grim lines of soldiers advance and retreat. Flags flutter and trumpets blast amid the glittering glory of battle. This is what may come to mind when the word โ€˜warโ€™ appears in a fictional or fantasy setting, but itโ€™s a far shout from the bitter, slogging endurance of a real campaign. A war builds up long before the first battle lines clash. How many details actually appear in the story depend on the writerโ€™s choice and what time the book starts, but there are many things which should be...

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