I spent a lot of my life working labor-intensive professions. Worked loading docks and factories and out in the field and in a cotton mill. Worked as a roustabout and house painted and lugged professionally and as a result I KNOW how to curse in many creative fashions.
However, when I write I do my best to school my language appropriately.
I try and save my cursing for the strongest of moments.
These days writers and entertainers are just a little bit too comfortable with dropping the “f-bomb”. They feel that it’s somehow freeing and adds strength to their performance.
It is just as easy to say “butt” instead of “ass”.
It is just as easy to say “freak” instead of “fuck”.
It doesn’t weaken your writing one single bit.
Then – when your main character finally DOES feel the need to drop an “f-bomb” the reader is going to react strongly – “Holy freak – this main character just watched his girlfriend drop from an airplane full of nuns that crashed into the burning house where his parents had just finished announcing that this character was actually adopted by aliens – and now they are burning to death while a random drive-by shooter pops a cap into said main character’s dog, Rowlf.”
No wonder he dropped a freaking “f-bomb”.
yours in storytelling,