Today is not only D-Day for the A-to-Z Challenge, it is also the first Wednesday of the month which means it is time for Alex J Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group. So it is a double challenge to fit in a D-word with one of my insecurities, but I have managed to do it. So here goes....
D is for Dag Nabit!
Okay I know that isn't a word, but I don't feel comfortable making my characters swear. So I have to resort to silly words like "dag nabit" and "darn it all" that were used by my grandma. I have never been one to use swear words in my own speech, well maybe occasionally, but I'm kind of embarrassed to make my characters use them. I know I shouldn't be. They are separate entities from me. And clearly a few well placed swear words can intensify certain scenes.
I've made up my own swear words for my fantasy WIP. For some reason it doesn't bother me to have them say, "You son of a kreda! Get the KHAM out of here!" In my historical fiction I did manage to use a few asses, hells, and damns, but that's as far as I can push it.
So how do I overcome this crazy insecurity and let loose with a string of expletives that would make my grandma blush? And is it necessary? What do you think, does it enhance a character's reality to be swearing?
Well that's enough drama for today. I hope you have a delightful day!
|We were delighted to discover Devil's Tower in Wyoming on our way to Seattle|
Thought today I'd give you a "D" picture instead of my crazy digital drawings. :)