When the F#%K Should Your Characters Swear?

Thanks all for commenting. I’ve been meaning to get back to you, but I am currently embroiled in a legal dispute with a Yeti that is taking up all of my time. In the meantime, I thought I’d bump this up in case anyone f%$&ing missed it.

Bookshelf Battle

Time to bring out Ann and John again.  In case you missed their previous antics:

Ann and John on Copyrights

Ann and John on Characters with Accents

Ann and John vs. Robostrangler

And now, our latest installment – Ann and John and the Search for More F$*ing money.

I have mixed thoughts on those pesky swear words.  On the one hand, we are adults.  If your characters are adults living in an adult world, they might swear once in awhile.  Case in point:

“I’ve had enough of your goddamn cheating, John!”  Ann said as she drew her gun and pointed it at him.

“Ann!  No!  What the f$%k are you doing?!”  John asked.

“What I should have done a long time ago, you son of a bitch!”

Ann fired.  The bullet ripped through John’s flesh.

“Owww!”  John screamed.  “My f$&king arm!!!”

I don’t like gratuitous swearing.  I like to use…

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3 thoughts on “When the F#%K Should Your Characters Swear?

  1. […] When the F$%k Should Your Characters Swear? – Yes.  Delightful.  The worst swear in my language would require you to pull out your tongue and jump rope with it.  You could never pronounce it and I certainly hope you never encounter a situation where you felt necessary to even utter it. […]

  2. violetblack says:

    Oh sugar, is this another thing to worry about in between the torture and cannibalism scenes? 😦

    I did already edit out every slur that didn’t apply to me, since it seemed rude to have parts of the story that hurt other members of the audience more than the author–but it almost sounds harsher now that the villains express themselves like serious adults. I wonder if that was supposed to happen?

    • Tough call. On the one hand, too many swears can make your story look crass. On the other word – your villain says bad things and you worry you might offend someone but the thing to remember…this is a villain! People shouldn’t necessarily take it literally, that this is what you think, but figuratively…that you think this is what villains (i.e. people who are bad) say.

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