Last Sunday I gave the Relief Society lesson, filling in for the teacher, whose mother died. The title was: "We Should be a Reverent People." As I pondered this subject, preparing to introduce it to the sisters in my branch, I wondered what kind of example I set?
Personally, I hope I'm doing okay. Professionally, I have some questions about how to remain reverent and still write my characters so that they are true-to-life.
- When I'm writing about a profane and no-good character, do I use his language?
- Can he refer to other characters in coarse terms?
- Do I allow him to swear and take the Lord's name in vain?
- How many times can a character under duress cry out to God before it becomes a vain repetition?
- Is even considering using the name of God in a novel an indication that I've sunk into an irredeemable pit?
I still don't have good answers. I hope you'll help me with your comments.