Every once in a while, the matter of swearing and its place in writing arises. This especially comes up when someone posts a story and finds the writing peppered with **** instead of the choice words he or she meant to deliver. For better or worse, this site blocks certain words from appearing anywhere on the site. Still, your meaning remains clear, unless the ****s begin to outnumber other words. Does it mean the writing is any less legitimate? No. Your writing is no better or worse than it was to begin with. But let's focus on the larger question. Does profanity have a place in writing? Sure it does. Those are words, too, and can be chosen for effect, just like any other. And yetr, this site is not the only place you will encounter restrictions on "colorful" language. If you plan to submit a script for network television, or a story for a family magazine or the Boy Scouts of America's Boys' Life, you will have to curtail your language as well as certain themes. But this should not force your characters to be shallower either. Of course people swear. They can turn the air blue. They also fart, belch, clear their throats, screech, and gibber meaningless syllables. You can convey any of these without reproducing every last word or sound that comes out of a character's mouth, and learning to do so without loss of intensity is a valuable challenge for any writer to attempt. Dialogue does not exist to reproduce the sound of someone talking. Dialogue is expository. It's purpose is to reveal character, agenda, mood, conflicts, and so on. To do this you filter and reconstruct the words to craft the conversation to its purpose. You may even want some invective there to punch home a point. But sprinkle it in with a light touch! Like habanero pepper flakes, a little goes a long way, far more than you intuitively feel. Say f*** once in a paragraph, in the right place, and the reader will believe that every other word out of the character's mouth rhymes with "truck". Let's face it - were you ever impressed that someone was able to string together a sentence laden with the eff-bomb? Just how much creativity does it take? Instead, try writing aeound such restrictions. Learn to say it without literally saying it. Instead of seeing it as a limitation, look upon it as a creative challenge. Your writing will become so much better, you'll be ****ting bricks.