When It’s Okay to Use the *F* Word

on September 27, 2011 in Misc

Okay, so now I have to educate myself on how to upload the digital version of The Compass Master to Amazon, even though this e-version isn’t finished yet, or I can choose to let the CreateSpace people do it for me.

Decisions, decisions!

Meanwhile I gotta post something here, but it’s not like I’ve got time to write anything.  So today I’m just gonna give you some reasons why, as a writer, you may find justification for using the F word in your description of a scene.

Also, these photos really eat memory, so I’m posting only a few today and more tomorrow.

Hope you enjoy them.  Or maybe wince or cringe.

WHEN IT’S OKAY TO USE THE * F *  WORD…..

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This last one really is so very, very gross.  Oh, F*****!

4 Responses to “When It’s Okay to Use the *F* Word”

  1. Hart says:

    Oh, man… yes, all F-worthy occasions… In my writing, I NEVER use it in Cozy mystery–the readers of the genre would have coronaries. (I use freaking a lot–which by the way is my real life substitute 90% of the time… either that or HOLY CRAP! In my YA, though, I am more liberal. Teens are experimenting with the power of language and I think it is inauthentic to have whole books with no swearing… oh, I know, they need to exist, because some parents freak, but teens swear. Any parent of a teen who thinks their teen doesn’t swear had a teen who is in a very prudish cohort or a liar about the matter. 90% of teens DO when they are among other teens–that isn’t to say all do it A LOT, but unless they are Pollyannaish characters, it needs to at least happen now and again. In Kahlotus, my ghost who died in the 50s has quite a culture shock on the matter, because there really has been a shift over time.

  2. Helena says:

    Hart — There’s been a VERY big shift over time, so you’re right about you character being in shock. Some books shouldn’t have any, others wouldn’t make sense without the *!!@&…# judiciously used. And isn’t freaking a nice word? Happily I’m learning to use it more instead of the alternative.

  3. Ben says:

    Dude! Any of those would suuuuck! But, the last one is pure disgusting!

    I don’t swear very often, but I let my characters reign free in their speech as long as it’s true to who they are. Censoring a character can sometimes be putting a limit to how much of themselves they can be, and the reader will definitely pick up on that.

  4. Helena says:

    Ben — The cool thing about letting characters speak for themselves is that they not only come more alive, they seem to take over more of the action and write the story for you. At least that’s happened to me — it’s weird when I intend for the characters to do or say one thing and they go, “nuh-uh,” and do something I hadn’t planned on.