RARA-AVIS: Re: Violence for the sake of...?

From: crimeflix ( jmks100@aol.com)
Date: 20 Mar 2005

"Obscenities? Well, consider an obscenity to be a hand grenade. When a writer says "Fuck" in a sentence, all the reader hears is that word in that sentence, and all of the other information in that sentence goes unheard."

I really don't agree with this part of the argument. Gratuitous obscenties (or gratuitous anything) is usually not a good idea, but appropriate cursing never stands out for me. In fact, it's the total opposite. If a character in a book is in a situation where he's pissed off and isn't cursing but should be, it seems artificial to me...In my own writing, I try to never hold back or censor myself. If my characters want to curse, they curse. J http://www.jasonstarr.com

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