I'm writing this character who uses language that, quite frankly, makes me blush. I can normally suck it up and write him, but there's this one thing... I feel like he would use the word goddarn (you know what the darn really is) but I really don't approve of that word because I'm somewhat religious, and I feel really bad writing it. You would think it wouldn't really bother me because my character used crude language in general, but this word really gets me. I don’t mean to sound evangelical, and I don’t condemn people for using the word, but personally I don’t feel at all right using it. I know I'm the author, but you know how characters are their own people. I feel like I would be selling my character short by censoring things about him based on my own personal feelings. But I also feel kind of stupid--I mean, if I have such a problem with the word, I can just not use it, right? The thing is, I've not used that word in the past, but I feel like I'm not doing my character justice. He's not me, and he doesn't feel the same way about that word as I do. I'm a vegetarian, but I don't make all my characters vegetarians just because I am. So, here's a question: Should author's censor characters just to make themselves feel better?