Every Last Word Counts #IWSG #Amwriting
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Speaking my heart was never easy. Finding the right words in the right way was never something I could do well when it mattered, especially under fire. And when someone uses “swear” words in an argument with me, I freeze. It’s no different when I read them. They simply hang in the air around me, raw and glaring, like bright, broken neon signs you pass on the road.
So what do “swear words” have to do with writing? For me, a lot.
This month’s IWSG question asks , “In your writing, where do you draw the line, with either topics or language?”
I draw the line in anything I’m not interested in writing about, or reading, which in my case is “swear words.” Mild ones don’t seem to matter so much, or if I’ve spent time getting to know the characters in a book, which might occasionally drop one, but never on the first page. If I see one on the first page, I might shiver. I might lose the image of the entire scene unable to get past them.
How about you? Where do you draw the line when you write or read?