Listen: Swearing in Fiction
To curse, or not to curse? I’m talking about my favorite curse word and the choices to use it in my writing.
Confession: using the f-bomb in my latest work
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Is it realistic?
- where are you using these words? Dialogue? Narrative? Are there specific characters who use it more?
Are other words to use?
- think about why you’re choosing this moment to drop a swear.
How does your perspective change how you use the words?
- first or third person POV changes how you use the words (in dialogue or narrative)
- don’t forget the use of thoughts to portray these words
Making up words
- does it fit in your genre to make up words? Can you provide the same impact with a made-up swear versus a real one?
- understand who your audience is based on genre
- understand who your readers are based on what you’ve already written
- you can still swear in Young Adult (‘clean’ refers to sex scenes)
- you can drop f-bombs, just understand what your readers will expect
Originally published at https://www.laura-winter.com on March 22, 2021.