Since I’m writing a dystopian novel, I have to be thinking about the language at least as much as the physical world itself.
What curse words do they use? (They’re teens – of course they curse.) If I remember correctly (I’m remote-blogging so can’t double-check) Scott Westerfield’s characters in The Uglies use “bubbly” for their cursing. I think my characters will use known curse words; “fuck” for example, has been around since the 1500s; why wouldn’t it hang around a few more hundred years?
Other words to consider: “street” terms for everyday objects: soda, anyone? Or would you prefer a coke? Or a pop, maybe?
It’s a challenge to answer these questions in a way that seems natural to the characters and place.
More to think about.
Oh a note before I call it a night and tune into my writing meeting: I will shortly no longer be blogging daily. I enjoy it but it’s time to start putting more of that time to actually writing. (Which equals more excerpts – yay!) I’ll be posting at least weekly and probably much more than that, but not daily.
No new words on my novel so it’s just good night!