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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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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I’ve been writing for the South African gaming website, EGMR (or eGamer), for the past five years. I’ve learnt an enormous amount from the whole experience – in fact it would be difficult to even describe how much I’ve changed and grown from these years and my time with the website. Now, today’s topic came about while I was spending my time reading and learning more about self-publishing and indie authors. I’ve seen many writers unsure of where to begin their journey, and aside from telling them “just start writing”, which is an entirely sound piece of advice, I felt that with my past experience journalism is an ideal beginning point.
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I’ve spoken to a fair few writers in my time. Well, that’s a nice opening line to make yourself sound old. Anyway, it’s fun to discuss the writing process and your individual pros and cons in addition to your actual stories. And during these discussions, over the years, I’ve learned a lot about myself as a writer. I’m sure what I’m about to say will sound familiar.
Years and years ago, I used to say that my barrier to writing, and the thing that I did not enjoy, was finding a way to connect the dots. You know, adding all the “fluff’ and “in between” stuff. I’ve only realised over the past five months that what I had actually been saying at the time, was that I had not yet found a way to enjoy writing itself.
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Writing is a massive part of who I am. I would honestly say it defines me. In truth I have no greater passion than writing and of course gaming as well. These two joys have stuck with me for most of my life and I would certainly hope that they continue to do so long into my future.
However long or short that is.
As you may know I am aiming for publication of my first novel, and a nervousness has entered my system. It was expected I suppose. I’m nervous about the quality, I know it won’t be a great piece of literature that changes the world as I’m barely an infant in my career and I am wondering how it will be received since no one but my significant other has actually read the book.
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