In Zaire’s Place, I curse…a lot. My character Aisha Carter has a potty mouth on her and I couldn’t imagine it any other way.
Sometimes, there’s nothing that aptly shows anger, frustration, or pain other than a curse word. When a person stubs their toe, the first thing out of most people’s mouths is a big fat “shit”. Does it stop the pain? Nope. But I’m willing to bet that you feel better after saying it.
The way a person strings together curse words can be indicative of their personality/their background. A person who curses regardless of who is around lets you know they are an open book who doesn’t care about censoring themselves to obtain the approval of others.
Personally, I tend to curse, but I’m careful who I do it around. While my character Aisha has an “I don’t give a fuck” attitude, I tend to be more cautious. But you know something? Out of all the women in Zaire’s Place, I actually like Aisha the most. First of all, she reminds me of my mother. Second of all, I admire her ability to ‘do her’ regardless of who happens to be around. Does she have a lot of bad traits? Absolutely. But who doesn’t? To me, Aisha is one of the most authentic characters in my novel.
I don’t think Zaire’s Place would have been as rich if Aisha didn’t splash profanity everywhere. There are a lot of women out here like her and Zaire’s Place reflects that. As I said before, the old saying that art reflects reality is true, and it should reflect real life. If it doesn’t, it should be labeled a fairy tale and only read by those who don’t want to face the real world.
Many people will shy away from Zaire’s Place because of the profanity. I’m okay with that. There’s an audience for everything. I would rather be true to my version of what my art should look instead of trying to appeal to the masses. No one can do me like me.
By the way, studies have shown that cursing relieves stress and can actually lower blood pressure. I can believe it. There’s a lot of power in those forbidden words. Do I recommend dropping f-bombs everywhere you go? Hell no. *wink wink* But every now and then, only a curse word will do.