If You Curse A Lot in Your Writing, I’ll Probably Stop Reading Immediately
At the end of the day, our writing isn’t always going to be for everyone
The other day, I came across an article with a headline that really intrigued me. Upon clicking on it, I was eagerly looking forward to reading what this author had to say. However, after a few sentences, I immediately lost interest.
I no longer cared to continue reading what they had to say nor did I care to learn about the point they were trying to make. I just stopped, exited the page, and continued on with my day without a second thought.
So, what caused this sudden loss of interest you may ask? Well, to be brutally honest, there was just way too much cursing for my taste.
As ridiculous as this may seem, do hear me out first.
I realize after admitting this seemingly silly pet peeve of mine, I myself have probably already lost some readers just now. And that’s fine. But, for those of you who are still with me, here’s my explanation.
Frankly, I’ve never been a huge fan of cursing in general. Not in spoken conversation nor in writing. It’s just not who I am. And that could possibly be attributed to how I was raised — a fun combination of growing up in a primarily Christian home and being raised by Asian parents — or just because cursing doesn’t appeal to me all that much. Whatever the reason may be, it’s immediately a red flag in my book when it comes to my preference in writing styles.
To be clear, I’m not knocking this Author whatsoever. I can’t officially say that they’re a “bad writer” or that I’d never want to read another article written by them again. Who knows, it could have just been this one article filled with curse words in their opening lines that didn’t tickle my fancy — but that’s rather unlikely.
Every Writer has their own unique style. And chances are, if this person uses an aggressive amount of cursing in one article, they probably use it everywhere else as well. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
But just should know, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. And that’s something that we, as Writers, just have to accept.