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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The nature of people is that they often need little reason to fight one another. Having been a writer for a gaming website, EGMR, for the past five years and priding myself on brutal honesty and critiquing of the industry over softball PR, I’m no stranger to conflict, especially on the internet. If you understand that only a handful of things on the planet are actually black and white then you’ll know that conflict can be healthy just as it can be destructive. Ideally, it should be healthy if the intentions going in are right. After all conflict doesn’t have to be a fight or intense hostility, it can simply be a disagreement. And disagreements are often the best ways to learn alternate viewpoints. But over the past couple of weeks I’ve realised that there is something at the core of most bad conflicts and why they happen, and it’s a fundamental flaw of many people I’ve come to meet in recent years. I now regard it as the most irrational cause of conflict.
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We all get attached to things, and emotionally invested in products or stories we enjoy even if these things don’t have an active effect on our lives. And by extension it’s normal to get a bit riled up when these things come under scrutiny or get criticised. However lately I’ve been seeing a lot of incidences, particularly in the gaming industry, where people are so attached to the product and the company behind it that any opposing thought or criticism of it leads to intense hostility and personal attacks without regard for the opinion itself. I’m sure we’ve all seen this before. Some would call it being part of the internet. My issue, however, is not with people who become attached to products, but those who become so emotionally invested that they actually willfully choose to be close-minded towards any opposing opinions regarding what they enjoy. Willfully choosing to be close-minded, folks, is ridiculous.
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I believed for a long time, in my naivety as a writer, that I needed motivation and inspiration to write. I believed that without it I wouldn’t be able to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. I wondered how so many famous writers or people who’ve achieved success could say that the way to your dream is to simply start. I respected and admired quotes by wonderful people like Nelson Mandela, who said that “it always seems impossible until it’s done.” I could always understand all these words, but I could never apply them. I always just relied on motivation, a temporary advantage that arrived in amazing surges, but after an unpredictable amount of time left me feeling like I’d lost something powerful. And once those feelings are gone, they may take a long time to come back. I never realised how wrong I was to take that approach, which translated to little more than slowing progress to a frustrating level, and ensuring that my dream was left behind. I didn’t realise it until after I finished my first book. I didn’t realise it until someone told me they enjoyed reading it.
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I’ve always been very interested in psychology and people, and over the years I’ve helped many close friends with their personal issues and in dealing with emotional strain. I have always been a tough person, and if something does eventually kick me down I’ll get back up and fight another day. One thing I’m very grateful to have is thick skin, and what other people think of me or say about me won’t get to me. Alright, enough with singing my own praises. I hate doing that, but I felt some context needed to be established for this to make sense. This will be a more personal blog post not related to writing, but more to mental strength and emotional toughness.
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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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