A Twitter friend and fellow author, L K Jay has written an interesting blog entry titled Dropping the ‘C’ Bomb, about when to use swearing in writing. It’s interesting because I’ve never really considered this.
My current release, Rathbone Kydd – sex’n’drugs’n’quantum stuff (just issued on Kindle and with a 5* review already – go on, buy a copy!) is riddled with swearing from the mild stuff, through the copious F words, and right up to the C Bomb (seven of them). Part of the book is a first person narrative by the main character, a 1970s rock singer: if he didn’t swear he’d have to come from the Cliff Richards school of music, “Uh, yah!” As it stands, Rathbone’s Amazon and Smashword pages carry content warnings, because, as direct contrast to Rathbone, there is no swearing whatsoever in my previous book, Pike’s Quest, there just wasn’t the need. I didn’t make a conscious decision because the question just never arose.
So, L K Jay, m’dear, I think, for me the question of when to use swearing in my writing is answered with, “Only when necessary.”