Offensive Language in Historical Fiction

Brig Berthold
2 min readAug 15, 2019

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How do I justify using words that make me sick?

Those of us living in the wide world of fiction writing know the power of dialogue. A character’s use of certain words can tell the reader a lot about them. The same is true of world-building and scene-setting and even illustrating the differences between villain and hero. But how the f*** am I supposed to dance on that line?

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Brig Berthold

I am a father, widower, and veteran. Co-host of the Baseball Together podcast and author of Sidekick: A Pregnancy Field Guide for Dudes.