Nicola said:...Anyway,I walk in faith and positive thought always. Keep pushing and don't give into the temptation to have bitch sessions. Cry,holler,roll on the floor,etc. Then get up and keep right on moving.
Your books will be on Amazon and in Barnes & Nobles in no time.
btw, WELCOME to Afro-Punk.
I am on my path. I'm pushing my writing and that's always been my dream. The only issue I have is folks telling me black writers only write urban fiction. Huh? Horror,YA,sci-fi,steampunk,fantasy and urban fantasy are my genres. I'm also Goth/Agnostic. A weird black chick who writes even weirder stuff catches hell,lol. But you know what? I keep on marching to my imaginary Gothic/Rap metal band. I don't give a what.
I grew up in the hood and I have zero desire to write about it. I don't know why it's being glorified in videos,books and movies. EVERYBODY whose ever lived in the hood has one unifying desire. They want to get out!
With regards to writing,I've heard all kinds of stuff that seems designed to drag a writer down. Black people don't read horror. Lie. Look at LA Banks success. Black people don't read YA paranormal romance. Yes,they do. It's just that we don't see ourselves represented whatsoever so we avoid it. It seems like naysayers like to come at me with all kinds of doomsday scenarios.
Anyway,I walk in faith and positive thought always. Keep pushing and don't give into the temptation to have bitch sessions. Cry,holler,roll on the floor,etc. Then get up and keep right on moving.
I've struggled for a while but I figured out that I want to be a writer last year. I started blogging then moving onto submitting articles to sites and magazines (including Afropunk) to sharpen my skill. It's hard trying to make money off of it. I am only 21 and right now I am just doing it for free for exposure.