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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.



I do write about power struggles that fictional races have just not about real ones.
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Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.


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!!!!


Qualeshia, I've got 2 words for you that seem like dirty words to many these days but say it all ... Shonda Rhimes. She may be a "TV Writer" (*shudder* there are those 2 dirty words I spoke of earlier) but she's gotten to the top using exactly the same mindset you and I share ... if you write for a niche audience you're only getting your story to a small portion of the readers you hope to touch. It's best for a writer to try to touch all his/her fans. There will always be naysayers but honestly if they're too stupid to research you and your views, their opinions of you mean jack. I agree with others when they say write for yourself first and your readers second. You have only yourself to please in life and if you're pleased others will see the love and effort you put into your writing no matter what sex, nationality or color you are .
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.


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!!!!


Qualeshia, I've got 2 words for you that seem like dirty words to many these days but say it all ... Shonda Rhimes. She may be a "TV Writer" (*shudder* there are those 2 dirty words I spoke of earlier) but she's gotten to the top using exactly the same mindset you and I share ... if you write for a niche audience you're only getting your story to a small portion of the readers you hope to touch. It's best for a writer to try to touch all his/her fans. There will always be naysayers but honestly if they're too stupid to research you and your views, their opinions of you mean jack. I agree with others when they say write for yourself first and your readers second. You have only yourself to please in life and if you're pleased others will see the love and effort you put into your writing no matter what sex, nationality or color you are .


Thank you.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


neugenx wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.


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!!!!


Qualeshia, I've got 2 words for you that seem like dirty words to many these days but say it all ... Shonda Rhimes. She may be a "TV Writer" (*shudder* there are those 2 dirty words I spoke of earlier) but she's gotten to the top using exactly the same mindset you and I share ... if you write for a niche audience you're only getting your story to a small portion of the readers you hope to touch. It's best for a writer to try to touch all his/her fans. There will always be naysayers but honestly if they're too stupid to research you and your views, their opinions of you mean jack. I agree with others when they say write for yourself first and your readers second. You have only yourself to please in life and if you're pleased others will see the love and effort you put into your writing no matter what sex, nationality or color you are .


Thank you.


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If you want to write about fictional racial struggles, real life is a good place to start. Read a lot on a variety of subjects. Something like that.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.


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!!!!


Be your own Human being, following a groups actions just because you share the same skin color as them makes you a mindless sheep, look at these idiots in Saint Louis standing in the middle of the road for example, anyone that doesn't agree with them is deemed racist, White or Black, the Blacks are just referred to as "Self Race Haters".

Intelligent people recognize intelligence, be yourself.
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You could write about your "White guilt" about not writing about African-Americans. But if you think about it, who gave you this white guilt in the first place?
You see, political correct thinking is starting to mess with the heads of people. What you need to do is write about what you know, who you are, what you want people to care about.
If you are black, write about what is important to you.
If you are white, right about what is important to you.
If you are another color, race, gene type, write what is important to you.
You see, it does not matter. But a good writer will step out side themselves and try to write about someone they are not familiar with.
But that is not always the case, because those writers have no idea in many cases how those people feel, and it comes across as false.
That's where as a writer you do your homework, interview people and go places.
Stepping outside of yourself is not an easy process.
Also, you have to use the english punctuation correctly. Saw vs. Seen.
"I saw the man walk by." is correct.
"I seen the man walk by." in not correct.
The word "seen" is almost never used, the only example would be, "The man hid in the shadows so he would not be seen".
It's hard to get out of bad habits. I am always correcting myself, and I am nobody's professor of the English language.
Compound that with all the other "thousand" languages on this planet.
You might also want to take a look at this up an coming movie of why language is important, and why it is important to get it right.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFMo3UJ4B4g
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Write with your passion, whatever that may be. You're going to run into typecasts whatever you do. Just push past the crap and set expectations based off your body of work.
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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.





I gotta agree here. It stops racists and for the rest of us it creates mystery behind the writer. Kind of like One: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_(manga_artist)

Who is he/she? Are they a tentacle monster or a man-fish? Who knows?!


pandrasb wrote:

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




I got comcast to stop sending me mail by writing "return to sender: abducted by aliens".

Just keep doing "return to sender" and writing stupid shit on there that makes them not want to send you mail. Plus anything attached to the mail when you write "return to sender" is paid for by the sender, such as attaching a brick to it. One of my friends even started taking mail from one spammer and putting it in return envelopes from another sender so everyone gets mis-matched mail.


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So, I'm American until I discover which country in Africa I come from.




If you were born here you are a full blooded mutt of an American just like the rest of us.


BLTKingdom wrote:
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.



#1 you are not a double minority. Women make up HALF of our population so you are in no way a minority because your a woman. How do you even think that being a woman makes you a minority? Do you think that 75% of the population is men?

#2:


Who the hell cares about experiences relating to race. It's been done into the ground and unless you want to do something funny like the boondocks I would never buy or care about it. Now Qual's stuff sounds like it has infinite possibilities due to it being fantasy.

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qualeshia3 wrote:

Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.


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!!!!


I think..no I BELIEVE you should write whatever the hell you want!

If you do ever get published, ignore what the haters say. Don't put yourself into a category that you don't want to be in, just because you feel like you should be to avoid criticism..

If people don't like what you write or they feel like 'OMG Y IS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN WRITING THAT HOW DARE SHE?' then the problem is on them not you. As an old white lady, WE NEED MOAR WRITERS LIKE U!


She was a scifi/fantasy writer that hit the mainstream: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octavia_E._Butler
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Nogara-san wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.


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!!!!


I think..no I BELIEVE you should write whatever the hell you want!

If you do ever get published, ignore what the haters say. Don't put yourself into a category that you don't want to be in, just because you feel like you should be to avoid criticism..

If people don't like what you write or they feel like 'OMG Y IS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN WRITING THAT HOW DARE SHE?' then the problem is on them not you. As an old white lady, WE NEED MOAR WRITERS LIKE U!


She was a scifi/fantasy writer that hit the mainstream: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octavia_E._Butler


Isn't it pretty racist to think that some people are typecasting writers like that just because of their skin color.

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qualeshia3 wrote:

Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.


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!!!!


Qualeshia, write your heart out girl. Look up Samuel R Delany and Marylin Hackett. Don't let your own mind stop you.
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Nogara-san wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.


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!!!!


I think..no I BELIEVE you should write whatever the hell you want!

If you do ever get published, ignore what the haters say. Don't put yourself into a category that you don't want to be in, just because you feel like you should be to avoid criticism..

If people don't like what you write or they feel like 'OMG Y IS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN WRITING THAT HOW DARE SHE?' then the problem is on them not you. As an old white lady, WE NEED MOAR WRITERS LIKE U!


She was a scifi/fantasy writer that hit the mainstream: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octavia_E._Butler


Isn't it pretty racist to think that some people are typecasting writers like that just because of their skin color.

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Rujikin wrote:


Nogara-san wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.


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!!!!


I think..no I BELIEVE you should write whatever the hell you want!

If you do ever get published, ignore what the haters say. Don't put yourself into a category that you don't want to be in, just because you feel like you should be to avoid criticism..

If people don't like what you write or they feel like 'OMG Y IS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN WRITING THAT HOW DARE SHE?' then the problem is on them not you. As an old white lady, WE NEED MOAR WRITERS LIKE U!


She was a scifi/fantasy writer that hit the mainstream: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octavia_E._Butler


Isn't it pretty racist to think that some people are typecasting writers like that just because of their skin color.

> Age: 33
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I agree with that's racist to typecast writers because of their skin color. That was my point. Sadly, a lot of people would.

And I'm making fun of myself as an old white lady

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People will think all types of things about you, your stories, etc. you just need to do what you want. Like Morgan Freeman said (in an interview with another black male), "we just need to stop talking about race, race doesn't matter anymore, look at me and you we are proof and even the President of our country." In another interview he said he would like to see Black History month removed. Basically, what he says I also agree with, stop thinking about race or culture so much and just do what you enjoy. So long as you use actual English and not words like "dem, dat", etc. you are fine. People will either enjoy your stories or hate them. As a side note, you should just make the following line your status since you create so many threads, save yourself some time and just automatically have it. :)

"Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not."
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