The idea that a person could be an African American writer is one of the great stereotypes that pervades the American mainstream.
It was also something that was actually part of the DNA of black writers, writes The New York Times columnist, Margaret Sullivan.
“There were a few writers who didn’t fit the stereotype of being a black writer,” she tells Quartz.
“There were other writers who were writing for white audiences who were doing better.
In the end, it was a combination of things, but the fact is that you can write a character who looks like you, that’s your starting point.”
And that starts with your writing style.
You can use your vocabulary, write the story in a way that reflects the way you see yourself, Sullivan tells Quartz, “because you have to.”
In her essay on African American writers, Sullivan points to one example: “The best example I can think of is [the] African American author William Faulkner.
He is a black man with a deep love of literature, a love for poetry and a love of music.”
Faulkner is famous for his literary works, which are widely considered to be one of his greatest achievements.
But his writing style also reflects the racial realities of his day.
When he was growing up in the South, Faulkners mother was a single mother and he grew up with the burden of being raised by a single father.
“When you grow up with that, it is not easy,” he told the Los Angeles Times in 2014.
Faulks writing style reflected his time as a child.
His first book, Faulks Diary, was published in 1962, just before the civil rights movement took off.
It was a collection of short stories that was considered “anti-civil rights.”
But the author was also writing about the experience of his time in the US during the civil war, he said.
He wrote about how the war impacted his personal life, and how his life was shaped by it.
Faulker also wrote about the legacy of the war.
In his book The Quiet Riot, he wrote that the civil wars created a generation of black men that had no one to talk to, no one who had any influence.
“I think this is what’s most important about Faulk.
He was not writing about black Americans, but about a generation that had grown up under that system,” Sullivan said.
The same goes for Faulk’s fictional characters.
“He wrote a story about a white man who was a war hero who was in the trenches, and his mother came to visit and was so proud of him,” Sullivan told Quartz.
In other words, a writer can look to the past and look at the present to create a character.
“What Faulk did was he was writing a story that was telling the story of a generation, of the black community in America,” Sullivan explains.
“The story of how the civil-rights movement came to an end and how the people who fought for it were destroyed.
The story of what happened to these people, who were the ones who were willing to take risks, who wanted to fight for equality, who weren’t afraid of death.”
Sullivan said that writing a character can also be a way of “exploring the racialized way of life that’s happening in this country right now.”
She added: “In Faulk, the idea of the hero is not a black person, it’s a white person, and so there’s this idea of who is going to save you, who is the hero.”
Sullivan also says that the way Faulk writes is rooted in the history of the American civil rights struggle.
“Faulck wrote the stories of these white heroes that were trying to fight against this oppression, who did so many things that had been outlawed by the government,” she said.
Fulks story about the Black Panther Party also has a political bent, and he is a white nationalist, as Sullivan pointed out.
He also wrote a series of stories about his experiences as a prisoner of war in France during World War II, which became the basis for his short stories.
Fucking itUp: How to Write an African-American Writer, from the New York Review of Books to the New Yorker, is available for free on Kindle, iPad, and Nook.