In real life I swear.Lost keys, a bus running late and overcooked pasta will all make me swear. We all do it.
Where the game changes is when I read. Usually the first one or two on a page stick in my mind. There are obviously characters and scenes which lend themselves to swearing - someone walking in on their lover with another for example.
I can´t imagine too many people saying:
Goodness me! Why are you in our bed with another?
It just doesn´t cut it in today's gritty world.
What I don´t like is swearing for swearings stake. Some authors and screenwriters push swearing prehaps to fill space. F this and F ( or maybe even C) that on every page. On one hand,there is a strong desire to reproduce the actual or real language of the characters. On the other hand maybe people would already assume that the characters would swear - why include it in the dialogue?
I am struggling with this idea in my own work. A have a coming of age story and my main character is 22 years old. Most 22 year old males swear. I did. Trying to justify and exclude situations to minimise the swearing is proving to be a difficult task.
So here are my questions :
1) Do you acknowledge swearing in print?
2) If so, how much do you tolerate?
and most importantly
3) Is it possible to write scenes of strong conflict between adult characters and NOT include any swearing?
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
A rock engraving telling a dreamtime story. The dreamtime is a collection of stories linked to the creation of the Earth and the history of the Aboriginal people. Storytelling is very important to Aboriginal people and dreamtime stories are filled with morals and virtues.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
( not the original cover, apparently it's too old for the Internet!)
Hidden away between my adult favourites, the Steinbecks, the Atwoods and others, are a few Young Adult gems from my awkward teen years.
However, only one series of books (seven in total!) sent me racing off to the library, wrestling, bargaining and stashing its titles out of the keen grasps of other mid teens.
Tomorrow When The War Began.
Imagine, you and you friends set off camping over a long weekend and return to your quiet country town only to discover that the nation has been invaded! You must fight any way you can to save the country!
So here is the formula for any struggling YA author who was looking for a quick fix:
Teenagers + Guns + Action + Angst + Romance = Teens descending into hair pulling, name calling, any chore that would turn a profit and non stop conversation over lunch for about five years.
John Marsden, Australian YA author par excellence, really found his stride with these books which have gone on to sell nearly as many copies as the Bible in Australia.
Marsden, who had always been quite cautious of TV or film adaptions, has finally given the nod and the first film will be released in September.
The Australian film industry probably deals with the same issues many small to medium size entertainment industries do ( e.g - lack of international exposure and limited budget) but with such a well known series there will be an unusually high level of exposure.
This is helped by fans of the teenage series writing about it in their adult blogs.
Tomorrow When The War Began has an offical website - http://www.twtwb.com/ with a trailer and a few sneak peeks.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Work has been quite busy so I jumped at the opportunity to take a road trip over the weekend. Alice Springs is a great place to be at the moment because it isn't scorching hot (yet) and there aren't the distractions of home. Just me , work and writing ( and the camera of course.)
These photos from the West MacDonnell National Park which begins on the edge of town.
All around Alice Springs the rivers and waterholes are teeming with life. Ducks are quacking about here in the normally dry centre of the continent. Unlike most places, the water does not drain out into the ocean, it just sits around creating these temporary lakes.
Very brave kids out paddling in a tiny inflatable raft in Ellery waterhole.
The Ochre Pits were used by the Aboriginal people to decorate themselves for ceremonies and also to trade all across Australia. I love the wave effect, bending across the rock like a river.