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Dennis and Joni Meredith
Oct 8, 2018

Using profanity in your dialog

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Reviews are coming in for our newest scifi thriller. Some are five star and no mention of the profanity. Some reviewers are put off by it, and focus on it and give it two stars. I would love to hear the opinions/experiences with readers, from other writers, of using profanity with such characters as: navy seals, Russian thugs, and a foul mouthed lawyer.

Customer Service
Oct 8, 2018

That’s apart of the dialogue and authenticity of a character. If a reader has an issue with certain language they may consider reading cleaner works, not 1 starting a good book because there are bad or naughty words in it

Dennis and Joni Meredith
Oct 8, 2018

Some reviewers were put off by the Intimorphs, (sex robots are in the news right now!) and did not mention the profanity.

Customer Service
Oct 8, 2018

Hmm, well, I guess what you may want tot consider doing is adding a trigger warning or disclaimer at the end of the description like: "WARNING: This series contains themes of, etc..." so that they go in knowing what to expect. Otherwise, i'd focus on writing your stories the way you want to, and either way, don't let it bother you too much.