National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a month from now, and I'm planning to use an Egyptian theme for my entry this year. It probably won't take place in the real historical Egypt, but rather a fantasy setting with strong Egyptian influences (a bit like how the world Avatar: The Last Airbender drew on various Asian cultural influences).
In the past, I haven't bothered giving my characters distinct dialects when writing dialogue, but this time I'm toying with the idea of giving my AE-style characters a traditional African-American dialect. I intend it to be a cute tribute to African-American culture, especially since the Egyptian and Kush civilizations seem to have special significance for African-Americans even if the connection isn't technically an ancestral one.
How would the African-American (and other Afro-Diasporan) posters here feel about this? I don't want it to look like I believe all people of African descent talk the same way, nor do I mean to mock the traditional African-American dialect.
Also, can anyone here recommend good resources on how to write an African-American dialect? Most of what I know comes from the Internet and certain friends of mine.
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