Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Cussing Ad Lib
*Check out this website with a comprehensive, alphabetized list of swear and cuss words. It'll make you blush. Then insert swear/cuss of choice into the following blanks.*
I have a problem in my WIP. Oh cussing. So ----- annoying. If you cuss too much in your writing, you get blamed for being so ----- rated R, or being shocking for the sake of being ------shocking.
I mean, really? -----!
I have some cussing in my YA WIP (the age range is 13 and upwards). I throw an F-bomb here and there. The inflammatory excrement word starting with "s" is occasionally used. But I'm paranoid that it's too much.
I've read plenty of reviews that people won't read certain YA because of cussing. I've also read that substitute cuss words (Like in Beth Revis's Across the Universe) sometimes work, sometimes don't, and those that don't like it prefer a good old fashioned swear word instead.
What's your take on cussing in your writing? In your reading?
Also, please take a moment to visit Sarah Fine's blog for her take on this month's Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog question: Does each book/story you write have an overarching theme, and if so, do you think of it ahead of time or discover it after? If you missed it, check out previous posts by myself (Theme Me Up, Scotty!) and Laura Diamond, and stay tuned for next week's post by Deb Salisbury!