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Writing for Impact--Profanity or Not?

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by M LeMont

After putting a rear-naked choke on Conor McGregor that ended the fight, during the UFC 196 Main event, Nate Diaz walked over to the sports reporter with a blood soaked face that only Rocky Balboa could appreciate.

"That was some fight. How do you feel?"

"Well, first I want to thank my fans for supporting me. I had only two weeks to train for this fight so I got my ASS kicked for two rounds until I could find my bearings."

"I Also Want To Let Everyone Know That There's a New Mutha Fookin Sheriff In Town!"

LMAO!!!! No bleeps or beeps from the Paid Per View Networks.

Why?

Do you want me to punch you in the nose for asking me something like that? Okay, I'm just kidding.

Anyway, the networks allowed the profanity because it was funny and entertaining.

Should you use profanity when you write? You bet, if it can make a scene Memorable, Laughable, Shocking, and drags your reader deeper into the story!

WHAT READERS LIKE IS TO BE ENTERTAINED so give them what they want.

In her book Year of YES, Shonda Rhimes explains that she's an introvert. She describes how it felt for her to write a book about herself:

"Standing on a table in a very proper restaurant, raising my dress and showing everyone that I'm not wearing panties. That is to say, it feels shocking."

Well, guess what? That was shocking–but I take my hat off to her because Shonda gets it. She KNOWS how to shock and entertain an audience.

Bottom line?

Well-placed cursed words can add some excitement to your writing and keep your readers guessing what you're going to say next.

Comments: Practice, Practice, Practice– learn how to put a bit of magic into your writing style. Make your words and phrases sing.

Learn more writing secrets in my new book Write Like You're Already Famous.

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