The Use Of Profanity In Writing

Profanity is an interesting topic to me because of people’s vastly different reactions to it both in real life and literature. Some people cringe and can’t take swear words at all, others aren’t bothered by them in the slightest and some people consider them only to be effective when used in a good context. You even get those who feel profanity is a crutch for the inarticulate.

I don’t quite fall on any particular side in this debate because I’m totally an advocate for freedom in writing and creating art with as little rules as possible. But I do like to entertain all sides of the discussion.

My desire to talk about the topic arose recently when out of interest I checked the ‘fuck’ count in my upcoming book, The Black Glass Killer, and discovered that the word appeared a whopping 150 times in the novel so far, and that number can go up or down during the editing process.

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You Need To Get Trodden On To Grow

We’ve heard all the cliches before. It’s about how you get back up again after you fall. It’s easy to enjoy success, but overcoming failure is where real strength stems from. Failure is a natural part of the journey. Whatever doesn’t kill you only makes you stranger stronger. But as is the usual story, it’s easy to know something somewhere in the back of your head than to actually come face to face with it and experience it first hand. After all, everyone has an illusion in their mind of how they would respond to any given situation, but you’ll never really know until you’re in it.

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The Six Months Rule Of Progression

A number of years ago my brother showed me this one quote. I can’t remember who said it or where it came from, but I never quite forgot the words. It was basically saying that an author only knows they made progress when they look back at what they wrote six months ago and sees how shit it is. Excuse the swear word, but I was trying to quote as closely as possible. At first I always found it quite funny, but once I took up writing more seriously I found that it couldn’t be closer to the truth if it whacked it with a baseball bat. But first, let’s backtrack a little bit.

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The Genres I Dream To Write In

If you’ve been around this blog or seen me on Twitter or even just spoken to me, you’d know that I have no desire presently to be typecast. What that means is, I don’t particularly want to stick to any one genre. I know that unfortunately makes it hard to ‘brand’ myself, you know, as that crime writer guy or that horror dude. But the truth is, I just have too much ambition and dreams to write in so many different genres that for the foreseeable future I can’t be tied down to just one. My debut novel, The Sorrow, was a crime thriller, and that genre just resonated with me as my first venture into actually writing a book. However, the future is looking quite colourful and diversified indeed.

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Never Get Disheartened By A Lack Of Results As An Artist

It’s a well-established thing that for any individual artist, starting from scratch is one mountain of a job that unless your lucky stars are shining and you get a viral explosion, it’s pretty much slow moving, time consuming and often yields a lack of results. I apologise if I mainly focus on writers, but that’s what I am so it’s pretty difficult not to.

I keep coming back to this, but the primary problem of indie – in anything, whether it be gaming, books, music and so on – is volume. The internet allows anyone from anywhere to contribute their work. That makes it especially hard to get noticed, and a massive challenge to get your work out there. It absolutely requires sheer determination and drive to keep reaching out to people and trying to get feedback on your novel. It seriously takes perseverance.

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Deciding Between Traditional Publishing And Self-Publishing

In today’s world, the decision between embracing the ways of the digital age or going with the traditional route is a complex battle that each individual artist must face. Unfortunately finding the answer can be exceptionally tough because so many people will have different opinions about it, and you’ll probably go half-crazy like I did spending your hours reading through hundreds of opinions on the internet. There are just too many good reasons on both sides.

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A Study In Sociopath

I’ve been noticing a trend for some time now that has played a bit of a role in inspiring one of my stories. Of course, as we know, typical do-gooder heroes have become a sort of bore in today’s society, and we like to look towards more complex or damaged characters, especially those who fit somewhere in the morally grey side of things. I’m sure not many can dispute that.

Over recent years we’ve taken a liking to anti-heroes, memorable villains and even enjoyed walking the path of the eccentric and frightening many a time. That’s all commonplace now. But what I’ve noticed, especially in television, is the way these admittedly disturbing characters are portrayed in ways that are designed to make them likable.

And that’s because the reality would lead to the complete opposite.

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