Dropping the F-bomb

In GHOST IN THE MACHINE, one of the editing comments I had was drop the use of the “F-word” (okay – FUCK). I cut it from 250-odd examples down to 133.
The reason I left so many in is that the book should reflect reality – it’s 2012, that’s how people in the central belt of Scotland speak, especially police officers under colossal amounts of stress.
It’s therefore nice to see someone else (Dina Santorelli) blog about it –
http://makingbabygrand.com/2012/07/29/writing-tip-94/
That’s one of my very favourite blogs as well – check it out.
— Ed