To swear or not to s#&%!: #MicroblogMondays

Do you swear, curse and let it all out on your blogs?

I get it. Life is just about the worst thing on some days and nothing you do seems right. Sometimes, those horrible days stretch into weeks and months too.

But, does it justify swearing on your blog?

Swearing in writing

I have lost count of the number of articles/ blog posts I’ve read in the last few months that use the F-word. Multiple times. Over and over again. Some of these are brilliantly written articles too and are very thought-provoking, where the subject matter is concerned.

What I cannot accept is the liberal sprinkling of curse words all through the piece. Personally, I don’t swear when I write and I stop reading if I find more than two uses of it in a single article.

I mean, the English language is so very powerful and has so many words in it. I repeat, SO many words. Yet, people are very comfortable swearing, to get their point across.

I understand that the blog is your personal space and it’s your prerogative to swear if you want to, but the dichotomy is this: your personal space is also an immensely public space. So maybe it’s time to re-think the extent of swearing too much.

How about you?

Do you use swear words liberally in your writing?

If yes, what’s your reason?


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Name & Shame- What's your motive? #MicroblogMondays

Name & Shame- What's your motive? #MicroblogMondays

In a closed blogging group, I was asked what is the one thing that puts me off about blogging? Well, honestly, there’s more than one thing, but the top of the list happens to be shaming of other people.

I’ve never really subscribed to the ‘name and shame’ model of setting things right. It’s never productive, doesn’t come from the right intentions and hurts more people than I care to count.¬† Continue reading “Name & Shame- What's your motive? #MicroblogMondays”

Judging the writer by the work #MicroblogMondays

Judging the writer by the work #MicroblogMondays

You’ve been there. Don’t deny it.

You’ve read something fictional either on a blog, in a paperback or an e-book by a writer/blogger and thought one of the two¬†things:

Is the writer talking about herself?

Do writers only write from personal experience?

Granted, this may not always happen. Perhaps it is more obvious when the writer is ‘known’ to the readers, either through direct friendship or blogger connections. So one starts assuming that the pain she writes about must be her own or the exuberance she pours out on the blog mirrors her life.

What if the exact opposite were true?

I, for one, actually write a lot of my ‘sad’ work when I am sufficiently recovered from the pain of an incident and can look at it objectively. I rarely rant or post in anger, because I know the repercussions of doing that.

Especially intriguing is the idea of multiple characters in a story. In that situation, how would you be able to tell which character is mirroring the writer? Would a well-etched one be the obvious choice? Or perhaps the writer is projecting the polar extremity of thought in that fleshed out character?

I’ve always wondered and been fascinated by this.

Most often, though, I admire the writing for its own sake and I don’t judge the writer based on the character.


How about you?

Do you, as a writer, model your characters on yourself?

As a reader, do you make any assumptions about writers?


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