I like that word. Full of uses ranging from a curse to an insult. To describe pain or to describe pleasure.
A lot of swear words are like that, used in large ranges and unique ways and I got to tell you: I’m Scottish.
Not only am I Scottish but I live in the west coast in a place called Ayrshire. To those who don’t know that’s where Robert burns lived.
Sometimes I think Scotland is unrivalled in the art of swearing. Perhaps our Irish cousins would disagree and an epic swearing contest would occur. Followed by whisky and food.
In any case swearing is part of the local vocabulary where I live. In the really bad areas it’s in every second word. I hate this kind of swearing.
See even though I was raised in a place with common place swear words I was also raised by my parents. Both of which know the value of manners and being a gentleman (Not in top hat posh git form but in respecting others and remembering your manners form). And I hope I learned well from them. Most of my friends say I’m too polite, which suits me. They are often surprised when I do swear and that kind of makes it more effective.
The thing is I don’t swear often. But I do enjoy a good swear. There is an art to it.
Lots of people will tell you not to swear or will try and censor your work. But look at some of your favourite films and books and remove the cuss words. Chances are it will take away the effect.
For example although I don’t swear often I love the vulgar speeches of Chuck Wendig, the insults of Malcom Tucker and the attitude in Black Books. I love new curses from Frak in battlestar and Frel in Farscape.
I especially love the use of mandarin in firefly. Where else would you get:-
Shun-SHENG duh gao-WAHN
How many takes the actors need to get that right I may never know.
Or imagine improving a book with swearing. Seriously I would love an uncensored version of harry potter telling Voldemort to go fuck himself and shove a horcrux up his pale undead arse.
In any case swearing is awesome and effective when used effectivly. Use it when a character is mad or when you want your reader to smile, I don’t care. But I enjoy it when it’s effective and awesome. I will swear in my work sometimes and I do think it is useful in writing so fuck the rules and fuck the censor just do it well and have fun.
Thanks for reading guys. I hope you enjoyed my thought on swearing and all that shit. I am planning on doing more posts on my Wip and will probably show you two of my supporting characters soon. I have finished my outline and am close to finishing the first draft and after a lot of edits I might just post the first chapter here. Obviously a first draft is a long shot from a book and what ever I post is still under construction.