acebauer (acebauer) wrote,

What on Earth?

I finished a first round of copyedits a few weeks back for my next book. Every “hell” and “damn” was flagged by the editor. The book is about 7th and 8th graders, so I asked my favorite 13-year-old what she thought.

“We hear a lot worse than that on the bus.”

“Stronger language?”

“And in the halls.”

“At school?”

“And in the graffiti kids leave in bathrooms, on bus seats, you know.”

“So what if I used ‘heck’ and ‘dang’ in the novel instead?”

“It’ll sound totally weird. Kids don’t talk that way.”

Conclusion: no “heck” or “dang” for me.
Tags: language, on writing

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