The previous re-blog post brought to mind a question for all you readers out there. I assume we are all adults here, so I would like to ask for opinions on the use of profanity in novels. You see, I believe that in order to be real, the prose should reflect not just the language of the characters, but the inner thoughts as well. Even those of us who do not voice out profanity, sometimes think it. Therefore, for the sake of realism, I must be true to the characters, in dialogue and narrative. Don’t get me wrong, it shouldn’t be overdone just to infuse a bit of a shock factor. But, I think it is necessary at times, especially in adult novels, in order to bring the story to life. In any case, it does depend on the character’s persona, and the mood of the scene: anger sometimes incites language that the character would not normally use, therein lies the power that draws emotion from a scene. So I must not force the characters into purity of language for the sake of political correctness. That would steal the realism, and rob something from creation. I’ve heard people say that they do not appreciate the language in some stories. I understand this, to an extent, but do not blame the author: they were simply dictating those voices that come from realms in the back of the mind. An artist must be true to the art.