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Sun, Dec. 18th, 2016, 07:01 am
Guest blog post on cussing in secondary world fantasy

I have a guest post up at Unleashing Readers today.

http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=11759

Here's the first couple of paragraphs:

When you write a story set in a made-up or secondary world, one of the small but significant problems you run into is giving characters a good way to call on their god(s). They could be cursing, invoking a deity as witness, or maybe asking for a god’s help.

This is challenging because in a secondary-world story, the author makes up things like the god(s), the cultural notions of the afterlife, and what kind of supernatural creatures might be around to tempt or help a character. A character can’t say “hell” if the culture doesn’t believe in such a place, or “she looked like an evil cherub” if the world doesn’t have cherubs.

Sun, Dec. 18th, 2016 04:13 pm (UTC)
shirebound

I love pondering things like that!

Sun, Dec. 18th, 2016 04:17 pm (UTC)
dawtheminstrel

Sometimes I get too crazy about it. Can I say "Adam's apple" in a world that doesn't have the Old Testament? Can I say "mesmerize" if Mesmer never lived in this world?

I avoid the first one but use the second on the grounds that the reader will not notice or care.