Welcome to this week’s blog hop. Today the topic is:
How do you feel about the use of profanity, either in your stories or in what you read?
I tend not to use profanity in my writing, as I don’t often use it in my normal conversation. I know, I know, a writer should be able to write diverse characters, not just a mirror of themselves.
Certain language will be warranted in literature. You would have a hard time believing that a street thug would say, “Oh, golly gee” and we all rolled our eyes when we saw Die Hard 2 on TV for the first time and heard John McLean say, “Yippie Ki Yay, Mr. Falcon.” Who the f*#@ is Mr. Falcon?
If profanity fits the bill, there is no reason for a writer to shy away from it. If you can do without it and it doesn’t detract from the character, well, that’s another way to go.
On a side note, I do skip over anything erotic/sexual in what I read. Usually (often? more often than not?) it doesn’t add anything to a storyline, so I don’t see a point to it. Oh, I’ll still read your book, but not 100% of it. I also don’t write about it either, but that just my choice. Can two characters spend a whole book together without any sexual tension? That’s up to the writer. Is it believable? Depends on how good the writer is.
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Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, his first science fiction novella.
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