Hi, So, long story short, I'm writing a novel (aren't we all?). And I'm now around 16000 words into it, and I've used quite some profanity. I really think I'm onto something here, though, and while I know that everyone thinks that about their own work, I'm writing a very compelling and allegoric tale of the sixties (dealing with social issues form racism to chauvinism and everything inbetween) with some seriously deep characters. Due to this premise, I feel that I have to use profanity, almost as Steinbeck did with Of Mice And Men. It just seems to make the setting, and feels almost fake without it. My novel is set to contain a lot of sex, but my question is- should I spare everyone the gory details? I don't know if I should just imply that the characters had intercourse or actually go all-out EL James on it's ass. What do you guys think? I am planning on having it published by a large house, and I've already had some interest from a couple of different literary agencies after I sent out my first chapter, so I don't want excessive bad language or erotic scenes affecting my chances of becoming a published author.