Does swearing mean you’re unintelligent?

I don’t typically think about how often I swear. However, recently a friend of mine commented on it. “You’re better than that,” he said. It bothered me. While he didn’t know it, he basically just said, “I’m better than you. Be more like me.” Dick move. I don’t begrudge my friend. He didn’t really think about what he was saying. In fact, it turns out he was repeating something someone had told him. I’m sure it was meant to be a pep talk. A motivator for me to strive to be a better person. But it wasn’t. It was a judgment.

Not more than a week later I was engaged in a conversation in which someone told me that he or she viewed people who swear as less intelligent. This flipped my pancake. Once again, with a smidgen of subtlety, someone insulted me to my face.

“I swear. Do you think I’m unintelligent?” Turns out she did. The finer point was that cursing makes you sound unintelligent. It doesn’t matter whether you are; the perception is there.

To me, this judgment is narrow-minded. Swearing should have no bearing on the perception of one’s intelligence. But it does. I realize I can do little to influence people’s perception of this. But since there are dozens of blogs out there telling us to stop swearing, it only seemed fitting to have a counterpoint.

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How to give notes and not alienate friends


Giving notes on your friends’ screenplays can be a tough gig. If you’re too critical you may damage the relationship; if you’re too soft you’re not providing the help they need. I’ve come up with a few things to keep in mind when providing feedback on your friends’ scripts. Read More

Good grief

In 1969 Elisabeth Kübler-Ross wrote a book called On Death and Dying. In it she details the five stages of grief (aka the Kübler-Ross model), a series of emotional changes one experiences when faced with certain death: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. 

I couldn’t help but notice the similarity between this progression and typical storytelling techniques.  Read More

One of these things is not like the other

Subtle difference from the French and the U.S. World War Z poster.



The end is nigh

Maybe it’s because I’m working on two projects set against the end of the world but I couldn’t help but notice the slate of similarly minded films in 2013. Hollywood has always been drawn to the apocalypse. It’s dramatic. But holy cow…

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Why Prequels Suck


Prequels are a bad idea. From a story standpoint they’re born with a set of flaws and burdens. Let’s break it down. Read More