2 thoughts on “Guest post: Censoring Your Characters? by novelist Jane Davis

  1. Yvonne Hertzberger says:

    I completely agree. The language must fit the character, whatever that would look like. I am not a fan of the f-bomb, but I would not like to see it censored out of a the speech of someone who would normally use it. On the other hand, as you say, overuse of any term robs it of its impact, so use every word with wisdom, authenticity and discretion..

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  2. jokelly65 says:

    that was an issued I tussled with when I first started putting fingers to keyboard. I personally do not swear much. compared to my days in the military my language is almost chaste now. LOL.

    When it came to my writing I was wanting to avoid upsetting people, but in the end decided that the majority of people Ive known in my life cursed, some cursed like a sailor on a sugar high. So I went with reality. though I try to keep it down to a handful of swear words, with only one character being the most foul mouthed and offensive type you will ever meet LOL he is actually based on some one I used to know.

    so no do not censor the speech of Characters to suit other peoples tastes. thats the worst of political correctness in my opinion. My writing might not be up to there with real authors, but a good character comes to life in the writers minds, and his or her voice is the characters own, not that of the author.

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