Contemplating the Author’s Pen and Civility
From My Journal
In recent posts I have been sharing musings from my journal and how the content of the musings relates to writing. In this article I examine the author’s pen and civility relative to language. I offer my musing and then will comment on the use of cow pie language that too often these days flows from an author’s pen to the page and then is thrust in our face as readers. The musing:
JUST SOMETHING ON MY MIND
Why is it that we take something extremely personal, sacred, and superlative beyond words, throw it in the mud, trample on it, and enjoy a laugh while thinking the whole thing so cool? I speak of the wonder of sexual intimacy between a husband and wife that we “moderns” have reduced to a gutter word that we seem to enjoy spewing forth with mindless incivility.
Then there is the opposite end of the spectrum. When I was a little kid I would walk through our neighbor’s pasture and thought it “cool” to sink my bare feet into the warm piles left by his cows. Gross! People have said, “John, how could you do that?” I was a stupid little kid. But today adults spew the stuff of cow pies from their mouths, “in your face,” so to speak, as a part of conversation.
Can anyone tell me what makes the F-word and the S-word so cool? I don’t get it! Why do we need to debauch sexual intimacy and exalt excrement?
Am I being “holier than thou”? I trust not. And in that regard, I make no claim to perfection—I am a work in progress—but I am conscious of civility—the simple courtesy of respectable language.
Civility and the Author’s Pen
When I speak of the author’s pen, I am primarily speaking of authors who pen books, but authors also pen pithy Facebook sayings, articles and essays. It saddens me when I scroll my Facebook page and find posts by those who claim the name of Christ who throw cow pie language in my face. What has become of civility, of simple decency—language that honors God and one’s readers?
One should be able to read Facebook apothegms (short, pity sayings; terse remarks), articles or novels without having to walk through cow pies. It is a lazy author’s pen that throws cow pies on the page thinking that makes their scene more powerful or real. My stories are “real” while maintaining a tone of decency when it comes to language. After all, God gave us language. Sadly, many an author’s pen seems to take joy in corrupting it.
Stories from This Author’s Pen
Word of Honor – Courage and honor are strained to the breaking point by dissension between Kandr and Xzwindra, and by extreme peril and stunning betrayal.
Son of Cain – Dar’ock lifts a rebellious fist to God’s face, determined to put him in his place, while Yennea extends a hand of grace.
Wanzalara’s Cottage – Evil reaches forth a merciless hand, violating Wendie and causing Wenrak to doubt God’s goodness.
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