Do you have a potty mouth?
As I come up with more ideas for revamping my novel, I've come to a crossroads about if I should add cursing to my characters vocabulary.
I haven't always had a potty mouth myself. My parents rarely cussed when I was growing up. I can still remember feeling devious with a friend in third grade because we finally knew all the cuss words. We would say them quietly in the lunch line and laugh at how bad we were!
|Does this belong in your mouth?|
Sometimes I would become so stressed I would just have to go in a closet and say the f-word over and over to help release my tension. All the stuff cussed as well as the clients. Cussing became a way of expressing the wide range of emotions that job caused us to have.
The cussing stuck with me even when I left the job. I can turn it "off" when I need to, but I like being able to express myself fully.
When I read other novels I find a wide array of characters who cuss and books with none at all. So I guess that leaves me with, what kind of book do I want my story to be? One that's gritty and "real," or one that keeps everything PG?
Do you have a potty mouth? Do you think it helps express yourself? How does reading a book with characters who curse make you feel?