Monday Musing: Open Book Blog Hop

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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.

-Leon

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Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
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On Writing: The Junk Drawer of Ideas

(Thanks, Stevie Turner, for the inspiration for this post! )

Everybody has at least one. Only one if they are lucky. One in the kitchen (pencils, twist-ties, battteries, keys, etc.), one in the workshop (old bolts, screws, extra IKEA parts, allen wrenchs), well, you get the idea.

Writers are the same. I know I always have ideas floating around that if I don’t write them down, I’ll lose them. So I jot them down. A title: Sometimes They Leave, an opening line: “It was a dark and stormy night…”, or a catchy elevator pitch: Rambo moves in with Sheldon Cooper. Oh, the shenanigans!

Without ideas, there’s no possibility of a creation. Here’s a glimpse into Mr. Einstein’s notebook:

I suspect that many of my ideas won’t go any further than just that, but there is always a chance that I’ll be inspired to revisit one of those ideas and it will become the next greatest—well, maybe just the next story. To quote the philosopher Lloyd Christmas: “So, you’re saying there’s a chance?”

***Addendum Feb. 9

I just had another thought. As a writer, all my ideas have a chance at becoming a story. It’s just that some have a better chance than others. Want to bet on the longshot?

“Three life-long friends discover that they are identical twins during their annual road trip to the Twine and Jute collectors convention in Wichita.”   

Sounds like a best seller to me.

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