$%#! It; Cursing in Writing

I recently read an interesting post on Writer Unboxed in which Keith Cronin discussed whether or not to “talk dirty” and use curse words in writing when seeking publication.

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I thoroughly enjoyed his post – especially its tongue in cheek tone. For instance…

I’ve learned that there are more people than I thought who are offended by profanity. And not just the F bomb. Several reviewers have taken me to task for “using the Lord’s name in vain.” Others simply complain about “swearing” or “foul language.”

My reaction to the first bad review was, well… fuck ‘em.

Now, I rarely swear. At all. Okay, except when I shut my finger in the car door, or trip over a plastic dog toy in the dark. But other than that, I just don’t. And, if we’re being honest, I don’t really like to hear all that much swearing.

However, I can read it to my heart’s content and be completely unruffled by it. Currently, I’m reading Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep, an urban fantasy in which the F-word and others prance across every chapter.

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And it truly doesn’t bother me.

Which makes me wonder: does anyone else have this same quirk? I don’t like reading about rape, gratuitous violence, etc., but swearing can appear on every page and, if it’s in character, I don’t blink an eye. Am I the exception to the rule? Are most people either pro- or anti-swearing in life and in print?

Another Inspiring Resource for Writers

As a subscriber to Writer’s Digest e-mails, I recently discovered Chuck Sambuchino’s column “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far” in which he gets published authors to list, well, seven different things they’ve learned on the road to being published.

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I love reading the different responses from authors who write books that are all over the genre spectrum. It inspires me to get writing, giving me that motivational kick in the pants I sometimes need. Because, if I don’t get to work, how will I become one of them?

The Power of Fans

Sometimes, it’s amazing what fans are capable of, both bad and good.

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Last month, I read a WSJ article about readers’ reactions to the end of the Southern Vampire series written by Charlaine Harris (upon which True Blood is based). Yes, Sookie Stackhouse’s books are ending. And people are not all that happy about it. Apparently, True Blood/the Southern Vampire books have garnered a cult following that just doesn’t want to let go. Sadly, the series ending was leaked before the book even came out, and angry memes popped up all over the internet (i.e. Boromir’s face with the words “One does not simply f*** with ones readership”), Harris received threatening e-mails, and she decided not to tour to promote her book due to the tidal wave of angry True Blooders.

On a different side of the spectrum, there’s going to be a Veronica Mars movie. You remember Veronica Mars, right? Teenage noir murder mystery, starring Kristen Bell? Yeah, that one.

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On March 13th, the creator/actors of the Veronica Mars tv show launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to fund making a movie. The campaign broke two Kickstarter records, according to a New York Times article on the project:

It was the fastest campaign to reach its goal ($2 million in under 12 hours), and it had the greatest number of supporters in Kickstarter history (91,585 people donated $5,702,153).

So, fans basically created a movie! That’s amazing. And, yes, I’ll definitely be seeing it.

Both the fans of True Blood/Sookie Stackhouse and the fans of Veronica Mars impress me. Sure, there’s a heavy dose of crazy in there on the fringes, but how cool is it that people love these characters, these stories so much that they are willing to step outside their normal, everyday lives for them?

In my opinion, very cool.