|This is the Nebula Award. It's cool. I want one.|
I have just one thing to say about that and it has to do with this short story located here.
I suggest that you go and take a look at it. The title is "Spar" and it's by Kij Johnson.
It's a 2009 Nebula winner, was nominated for a Hugo, and was a finalist for a Locus award. In my world, these are amazing credits...awards that I would like to have.
So if you are one of these writers that is afraid to use swear words in your writing, if you are one of those writers that is afraid to portray graphic sex...I think you should ask yourself why. If the writing demands the use of it, these things are in your toolbox. To not use them may be the reason why your novel has a flat tire or why your short story is just...meh.
That's just my opinion of course. Take it for what you will.
For the record, I use the "f-bomb" in my book quite often. And yeah, there's one scene of graphic sex. But I'm not marketing my book to kids. I guess that taking risks in your writing can be the equivalent of sticking your neck out, right?
"Oh my goodness...what will my family think of me if I show teenagers swearing and having sex?"
What will they think of you indeed?
Have a great Tuesday.