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As a writer, I have come to understand that in every capacity the term “urban” is synonymous with “Black people.” I don’t want to be an urban fiction writer; I want to be a writer. But I’m Black writing about Black people and not exclusively Black people drama. So I feel like I’m automatically fitted into the urban fiction slot when really, I just want to write fictional stories. Period.

How do I get there?

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  1. I know exactly how you feel, that is what we are going to have to keep explaining to people we write about black people because they are apart of our environment. It’s what we see, hear, feel, observe and to some degree our own understanding of situations that we write down. Even starting a book blog I had to define what kind of books i wanted to cover and when i said books by black authors i was given the side eye saying my audience wouldn’t be diverse and what not. I just so happen to always look for black writers and authors, its what I like so i’m sharing it.

  2. People have to understand that just because you are a Black author, does not mean that every single thing you write is exclusively about Black people, Black relationships, Black drama, etc. I think that the image is that Black authors “always” write urban fiction, when that isn’t true. I think it is about perception. It is about what people see in your work. If you write about a man and a woman falling in love in a park (for example), one person could say that because you are a Black author that your characters are black; however, they could also be White, Latino, Asian, etc. you never really know unless you talk to that author about what their vision was when they wrote their work.

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