I was a drama geek in high school. I won the Senior Drama award and was invited to audition for the American Acadamy of Dramatic Art.
When I write dialogue I essentially play the different parts in my head. It’s a drama geek’s dream. Especially a drama geek who was destined for character / “funny friend” parts. Oddly enough, though, this is causing me some problems all of a sudden. Keeping in mind that I’m writing for a mainstream audience, it makes sense to have my characters swear. Not all of them, because there are some who don’t behave that way. (I often think of Omar Little when writing characters who don’t use profanity. It was always so jarring in the profanity-laced world of _The Wire_ to have this violent and self-interested person refrain from the four- and twelve-letter words.)
I know that people swear. I also know I’m supposed to write for my audience and a large portion of my built-in audience are people who consider words like “fart” and “crap” to be hugely profane. So I’m facing a weird dilemma of staying true to my story while trying to accommodate the people I wish to read it.