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Here's the deal.
I've already published two books alongside some university works. For the sake of my privacy, I won't name them and remove the usual tripcode that accompanies me when I post here.
Been posting here close to eight years and if there's someone I trust to advise me on this, it's you guys.
I pitched a new idea to my publisher who happens to be a friend and he loved it. I've been working on a series of books (five to be precise) that have a "fantasy / fiction" tone to them, something completely different from my two other books.
I have all the stories in my head, some scribbled down on notebooks, others on little notepads, on tiny Word docs and such. All that's left is putting the pieces together.
I've hit a terrible conundrum, though. I don't want this work to be compared to the likes of George RR Martin. If anything I'd like to go around a more high tier shit like Tolkien if we are to compare examples everyone and their mothers know about (to further simplify my point).
In what sense do I mean this? Not as much in their nearly polar opposite way of putting a story together, but in two simpler things, for I already developed my own style of writing that I'm sure will evolve as I'm doing this.
Should I or should I not use profanity and sex in my books? I don't want them to be vulgar and I don't subscribe to the post-modernist ideal that there's some inherent beauty in something ugly and common. Sex is a common thing and so is profanity, but I wonder if that will detract from the value of my work or not. Tolkien hasn't used profanity once and he managed to piece together something that's still emulated to this day. Martin on the other side gets high praise (who would've thought) because he creates more "human", relatable characters on the count of shoving in sex and curse words at every other page. But for me, there's nothing interesting about "the more she drank, the more she shat".
So, should I put in these humanizing traits that are profanity and explicit sex or stay classy and never say the first while only implying the latter?