As inevitably happens, I have once again received a one-star review, although, this time I’m rather disappointed in myself for it.
I was given one star because there is too much bad language in my book.
I can honestly say, it’s not something I even thought about when writing the story. The fact that there is some swearing in it never entered my head. Now I could kick myself for not considering it.
It leads me to ask the question… Should we swear or not and how much is too much?
Because of this comment, I did a search on the book in question Which is my first contemporary romance, West Running Wild. It turns out my 70,000+ word book had 39 curse words in it.
Is this excessive?
Honestly, I’m not sure.
I’ll admit I can have a potty mouth on the odd occasion and when writing about tough guys who used to be in the army, I imagine them to be rough with their speech. They don’t swear in every sentence but they have their moments. I guess I believe it would be unrealistic to remove all swearing.
However, now I’m questioning my writing. As much as it’s my voice, I feel I need to be more cautious with my use of cursing for fear of offending more people.
Should I remove all swearing from my books?
Well, even if I should, I won’t. But I do think perhaps I need to be more aware of the words I use. I feel that I got the one star for something that could easily have been avoided, so I have already scanned my current work in question for swearing.
Yes, I know, I can’t please everyone but I think I’d rather take the readers comments into account than get upset about them and hopefully they will help to improve my next book. Don’t worry though, as much as I’m being careful with my language… my characters are still no angels 😉
So tell me… Do you have swearing in your books?