Today's tip details on something I'm seeing a lot
in SS and Epics lately. So, what better topic to discuss?Library Tip Numbah 2:
When you're a writer, especially a darker or more "emo" sort, dealing with the word filter can be hard. Your character is undergoing an intense, distraught-filled moment, which must be detailed upon! The only way, that you can see, to express their rage is through this certain word. But the word filter blocks it. Wait
, you think, maybe if I just spell it wrong, it'll still pass the filter...
No! Stop!! Do not take this "shortcut". Even if you can post it now, you will pay for it later. Several authors on BZP have lost proto for multiple offensives of filer bypassing. Especially in the past two months. It's -not- the way to go. The filter is used to make BZP a friendlier place for all ages. Plus, studies (and General Common Sense©) show that forums with less swearing last longer.
So, what's a fan author to do? You might try the old "sugar-coated swear word" trick, replacing filtered words with stuff like "darn", "stupid", or "freaking". In some situations and stories, these do work. Characters under a 15-year-old mentality (characters who are or act younger than 15) can use these without sounding dumb. Also, stories with a lighter or happier tone don't suffer from these words.
We must, however, consider the darker side of all fiction. If your story deals with multiple good character deaths, or holds more serious tones, a simple word-replace will weaken it. If your main character's companion is gravely wounded, making them shout "Darn it!" just won't cut the butter. At all. Still, don't bypass the filter. Replace the word
. Example: (Hahli and Jaller are Matoran here)
"%*$# it!" Jaller yelled, seeing Hahli's deep cuts. He turned on the Rahi, braced for attack.
"Hahli!" Jaller yelled, and rushed to inspect the wounds from the Kane-Ra. Hahli's side was deeply gashed, and blood began to trickle down onto Jaller's hand. Gasping in pain, the Ga-Koronan held her injured side. The Kane-Ra roared impatiently, then advanced upon the two Matoran. Jaller clinched his fists. He felt rage pouring out with every breath. The beast had gone too far.
Jaller snatched up his spear. "You hurt her!" he practically screamed, rushing at the cumbersome beast. "Die!!
There. Isn't the second one better? By giving a lot of description on why
Jaller's angry, and what actions
it causes him to take, it's clear that he is really mad. Build-up to a character's anger, instead of letting a word describe it.
End tip. That was like, longer than I thought it would be.
Back to the subject of this entry's title. Life has been a little strange lately. I don't have too much homework, there's just all this stuff suddenly piled up. Writing assignment, a few artwork commissions to fill, driver's test to study for. Which is partly why most of my PMs are unanswered right now. Don't freak; it's not like I read your message and thought you were unworthy of a reply. The problem comes when I juggle all this and an online life at one time. So I'm on hiatus for my instant-messengers, and only visiting this site. But once I knock this work out, your PMs will be answered. Won't be long. Also, I'll be editing and amending the SS and Epics Rules, and repairing the SS Library topic. Among a handful of other small things. So bear with, thanks for the patience!
Listening To: The Last Unicorn, by America