Swearing in fiction has always been a subject of contention. You either hate swearing or you ignore. it. When I read books with swearing I usually just ignore. Why? Well frankly I’ve heard worse.
When I write I tend to avoid swearing as much as possible, because it doesn’t work with all stories. When I write Fantasy, I sometimes use swearing. (Mainly H**, D***, and B*****d.) only if it is the only word I can use. I try to avoid made up slang in Fantasy mainly because it sounds stupid (Holy Bikini Batman!, e.t.c). With my novel, I realized I want my fellow Christian friends to enjoy my book as much as my Non-Christian friends.
So today, I axed all the swear words. (The only bad word is “Bollocks” which nowadays is not bad.)
But don’t worry. I won’t get rid of Magic. And I won’t get rid of violence…If you still reading and haven’t fainted then good. I will explain why these items are still in the book.
Magic is more for me a word of things that happen you can’t explain. Like special powers. (Back in the old days, even Science was called Magic. The Three Magi would be called Scientists nowadays.) The kind of ‘magic” that is evil is Sorcery and Necromancy. Sorcery in my novel is Magic used for selfish need rather than Good. Necromancy is evil because Necromancers raise the dead, summon Demons, and feed on blood. There is a difference.
Violence is still in because of one reason…It’s in the Bible. Before you call me a heretic read the book of Joshua in the Old Testament, and tons of other books. Battle is not clean. It’s bloody. It’s graphic. It’s intense. It’s no fun.
As for sex there is none. Don’t worry.
What do you think of swearing in books?