I've been writing for years, though only recently published (independently self published), I understand my characters like the back of my hand. I write both adult fiction and young adult fiction. Two very different styles though similar in that a great story always requires well developed CHARACTERS.
Understanding characterization is important part of story dramatization. What would the character say and do in any number of situations? How are they perceived by other characters? Do you know who are your characters?
SWEARING! Yes I know it can be controversial and maybe inappropriate in some cases but I'm talking about swearing in Young Adult novels, I'm not talking about swearing in Childrens books.
Teens and Young Adults are going to experience a whole set of life challenges in this life. Dealing with the fact that there will be swearing in movies, novels and in the real world isn't impractical. Though seriously impolite.
I deal with a lot of ANNOYING issues which on occassion causes me to let out an very inappropriate word. In reality, I wish this didn't happen but I've become so immune to what I say it's a natural reflex to drop the word without thinking. Of course, I'm working on fixing this issue. Now as a writer, let's discuss how it comes across in my written projects.
Both my novels include swearing, though I don't believe it is spattered unecessarily with swear words deliberately. I just believe that in the moment the word is used it is JUSTIFIED. The character is faced with an emotionally, traumatic or jarring incident/moment in which saying the word comes out naturally.
I believe this is more so in my YA Novel BaSatai: Outside In. Armani the main character is faced with emotional, intense and terrifying moments in which her expression is to vent with a swear word. Karhl is also prone to swear especially when Armani is almost lost to him in one moment.
If a SUPERNATURAL HUNTER was after you, eager to kill you, would you be all politeness or putting on your 'DON'T MESS WITH ME' cap!
Or take a leaf out of XENA WARRIOR PRINCESS' book and LALALALALALA your way out of that mess!
However, I don't condone swearing, being rude or any other such impolite behavior without just cause. Though I'm seriously not offended if it happens.
So if you are a reader interested in reading my novel BaSatai: Outside In be warned there is swearing in this novel and I hope it doesn't offend. It in no way means you should swear yourself, afterall, BaSatai: Outside In is fantasy, a piece of fiction and reflective only of what the characters experience.
Does swearing in novels, offend you? Especially in YA Fiction?
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Signing off Peeps :)
Be kind and thoughtful to one another.
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BaSatai: Outside In
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