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Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
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So, I working on my story and It got me thinking that all of the stories I've written or was going to write were not about African-American's joys and problems. I read and seen some books written by African-Americans and some of them are about romance, pains, struggles, and etc that they face as a race. They bore me and frankly I rather not read them. The stories I write don't deal with African-American problems since the purely fantasy based. If my novels ever get published, and people discover that I am not Caucasian, that will probably cause some problems. Some people will say that majority of my writings are what "white people write" (whatever that means ). Some people might think I'm racist towards African-American because I never want to include them in my writings. I don't want people to think these things about my stories. When I write it's for either myself or all races. What I'm trying to get at is that should I brace myself for people who will question why I write what I write or just ignore them? What I fear is people talking bullshit when I shouldn't care what they say. But it is hard trying not to care.

Am I being silly for feeling this way? Should I continue writing for myself and not worry about who will enjoy my stories? How do I handle stupid comments(even though I have yet to face them) from people?


I haven't published anything yet and I worried over nothing. How do I stop that?

Enjoy!!!!
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As a writer, if you start tip-toeing around ideas, your work will get worse. Write what you want to write. There were a few things that I wrote in my book that I thought someone might take as offensive some way or upset someone here or there, but I'm not going to tailor my writing to suit people who are just looking to complain.

That said, I don't think people would throw stones at you for writing fantasy. That just seems ridiculous...
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Don't worry about what critics think. Write what you love to write.
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sundin13 wrote:

As a writer, if you start tip-toeing around ideas, your work will get worse. Write what you want to write. There were a few things that I wrote in my book that I thought someone might take as offensive some way or upset someone here or there, but I'm not going to tailor my writing to suit people who are just looking to complain.

That said, I don't think people would throw stones at you for writing fantasy. That just seems ridiculous...


Thank you.


I just don't want people to read my work and think bad things about me because I don't write what is possibly expected of me.
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Substantial confidence arises as you acquire experience. For now, all you can really do is kick yourself in the rear for projecting your insecurities, and then publish.
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People who think like that are stupid and you should write what you want!!!!!!
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Write good stories and write what you would want to read. Everyone talking about "your writing too white or its not black enough" are racists so fuck em. I'd bet that most of those people complaining aren't even black and are a bunch of fat SJW's getting butthurt that Africa isn't getting enough attention from you.

Well if you REALLY want something that is actually black then research some of the mythology and religions in Africa, the Pagan ones like Voodoo. You can get some really great fantasy elements from African folklore and old beliefs.

You could troll stupid comments so you get some lulz and let them go away butthurt.


qualeshia3 wrote:


sundin13 wrote:

As a writer, if you start tip-toeing around ideas, your work will get worse. Write what you want to write. There were a few things that I wrote in my book that I thought someone might take as offensive some way or upset someone here or there, but I'm not going to tailor my writing to suit people who are just looking to complain.

That said, I don't think people would throw stones at you for writing fantasy. That just seems ridiculous...


Thank you.


I just don't want people to read my work and think bad things about me because I don't write what is possibly expected of me.


There is a 100% chance that if you say/write something people will think bad things about you. The only way to solve this is to ignore it or avoid all human contact.

Also.... Your part African? Didn't know that.
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I don't even know what authors look like unless they bother putting a picture of themselves in the book. You can even go so far as using a pen name. It's a little paranoid, though. If you write normally, most people are not going to even think about the author's race.
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As other people have said, the only thing that matters at all is that you write well. Anything that falls short of that, or does not support that end goal, is beneath notice.
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Well, my ancestors are African. I just call myself African-American because I dislike being called Black.
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I didn't know qualeshia had kids...
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People judge you about everything, religion, gender, sexuality, so you just have to push forward and ignore them and write whatever you want! Try not to let these anxieties get the better of you, and as long as your story isn't offensive, I'm sure the majority of the reception will be positive. It would be a great move for equality too to see some variety in a genre dominated by Caucasians, which may also leave a positive response.
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gornotck wrote:

I didn't know qualeshia had kids...


No, wait I meant ancestors.
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Stay true to your self.
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i would say that no matter what you write about someone will likely complain about something about it maybe listen to some if its constructive criticism, but if its the sort that you seem worried about ignore them. especially in a fantasy setting. and in truth my favorite settings are fantasy and sci-fi so i would think its doubly foolish of people complaining about a lack of certain character traits related to real life being used.. i personally wouldn't care what skin color a author has as long as they write good books and i would be surprised if some of my favorite authors are from from some other part of the world and or have different skin color then me.
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