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I have no idea how you can perceive things in this manner.


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Sure thing.



PRAISE BE TO ODIN!!!


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Try using a pen name, I think that could help to get ya published

It's the same thing as getting a job, like Jose can be Joseph.

it increases your chances. It's racist for people to see you by a name and judge you immediately, but it's a reality.

I still get mail for Latino people, I get shit in Spanish by default even if I didn't ask for it. They see my name, "oh hey, are you Mexican?"...

Thanks for your prejudice.





People complain a lot to people who can't get away from it, so there's some overcompensating there.

That being said, there's something about a fantasy race that toots their own horn that's somewhat intriguing.
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okay, first off, there is no african-american. your just american. africa is not even a country, and its not like you can have dual citizenship with an entire continent.
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okay, first off, there is no african-american. your just american. africa is not even a country, and its not like you can have dual citizenship with an entire continent.


I know Africa isn't a country.
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pandrasb wrote:

Try using a pen name, I think that could help to get ya published

It's the same thing as getting a job, like Jose can be Joseph.

it increases your chances. It's racist for people to see you by a name and judge you immediately, but it's a reality.

I still get mail for Latino people, I get shit in Spanish by default even if I didn't ask for it. They see my name, "oh hey, are you Mexican?"...

Thanks for your prejudice.





People complain a lot to people who can't get away from it, so there's some overcompensating there.

That being said, there's something about a fantasy race that toots their own horn that's somewhat intriguing.


That reminds me I need to send a complain to those assholes that keep sending me mail for Mexicans.
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That reminds me I need to send a complain to those assholes that keep sending me mail for Hispanic people.


Good luck.
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nemoskull wrote:

okay, first off, there is no african-american. your just american. africa is not even a country, and its not like you can have dual citizenship with an entire continent.


I know Africa isn't a country.


sorry, just had a rage moment. i get tired of all the politically correctness we have.......
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I think the real question should be:

Why are you so opposed on writing anything that could relate to your experience as a black man? I personally find it strange that you seem to have such an aversion to the idea of writing about your world view and experiences. Does this stem from not wanting to "rock the boat" or from not wanting to realize some of the challenges we go through?

I think it is also strange that you mentioned you do not ever include people of color in your work. You are due for some soul searching, friend. People of color already lack representation, so I think it is questionable that you seem very opposed to mentioning us, especially when you are black yourself.

Good luck.
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I think the real question should be:

Why are you so opposed on writing anything that could relate to your experience as a black man? I personally find it strange that you seem to have such an aversion to the idea of writing about your world view and experiences. Does this stem from not wanting to "rock the boat" or from not wanting to realize some of the challenges we go through?

I think it is also strange that you mentioned you do not ever include people of color in your work. You are due for some soul searching, friend. People of color already lack representation, so I think it is questionable that you seem very opposed to mentioning us, especially when you are black yourself.

Good luck.


First of all, Qual is a she.

But anyways, I don't think there is anything strange about it. As a writer, I don't write about me and I don't write about my personal struggles. Who I am and the experiences I have had informs my writing (which is something that is impossible to avoid), but I write stories outside of the life I lead.
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BLTKingdom wrote:

I think the real question should be:

Why are you so opposed on writing anything that could relate to your experience as a black man? I personally find it strange that you seem to have such an aversion to the idea of writing about your world view and experiences. Does this stem from not wanting to "rock the boat" or from not wanting to realize some of the challenges we go through?

I think it is also strange that you mentioned you do not ever include people of color in your work. You are due for some soul searching, friend. People of color already lack representation, so I think it is questionable that you seem very opposed to mentioning us, especially when you are black yourself.

Good luck.


First of all, I'm a woman not a man.


Second of all, I rather write about things pertaining to fantasy than reality. In my stories I refuse to write about African-Americans because I want to write about things that don't take place on earth. I don't care about earth nor it's citizens. I rather care about fictional thing when it comes to writing.I prefer to stay away from the problems my people faced as a race. Because frankly it bores me and it's been done before. I refuse to follow after everyone else. I write for myself and nothing more. If I am writing for other people, it will be more than one race. My experiences as an African-American woman do not matter and I will not put them in story.

Just what I think and nothing more.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


nemoskull wrote:

okay, first off, there is no african-american. your just american. africa is not even a country, and its not like you can have dual citizenship with an entire continent.


I know Africa isn't a country.


sorry, just had a rage moment. i get tired of all the politically correctness we have.......


So, I'm American until I discover which country in Africa I come from.
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Well then why post this in the forum if you have already decided that you want to write stories that don't event take place on earth and don't pertain to race as we know it?

Take X-men for example. Has many allusions to race that have been discussed for years. Why do you feel so opposed to including experiences that stem from race, even in an abstract way?

I think writing is something that is so personal. I am a black woman myself, and I can tell you that being a double minority has given me great perspective in my writing, which is something you shouldn't be afraid to shy away from.
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Well then why post this in the forum if you have already decided that you want to write stories that don't event take place on earth and don't pertain to race as we know it?

Take X-men for example. Has many allusions to race that have been discussed for years. Why do you feel so opposed to including experiences that stem from race, even in an abstract way?

I think writing is something that is so personal. I am a black woman myself, and I can tell you that being a double minority has given me great perspective in my writing, which is something you shouldn't be afraid to shy away from.




Because I wanted answers.

Are you saying that I should write about African-Americans and their problems?
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I am saying that you should write what you want.

I am also saying that it's sad that you don't want to speak on the power struggle of race in your novels, and you are even opposed to using your personal experience, even in an abstract way. No one is saying that you need to speak on race consistently, but if you have 0 diversity in your novels and you are black yourself and you know what its like to not have enough representation, it is just disappointing.

To answer your initial question:
I don't think you are silly for feeling this way, but I do feel sad that you have an obvious aversion to anything that might raise interesting dialogue about race. You should continue to write for yourself, but you clearly already worry about what others think of your writing. You will have to handle stupid comments regardless, but I don't think its a stupid comment to ask an author why they did not include characters, themes etc. that are are pertaining to race when people of color already lack representation. That is a valid criticism, and you know that or else you would have not posed the question in the forum.
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