Author Archives: Melanie Figueroa

About Melanie Figueroa

Melanie is the Editor-in-Chief at The Poetics Project. She has a masters in writing and book publishing from Portland State University and a passion for stories in all their forms. Her favorite book is The Bell Jar. You can follow Melanie on Twitter or Instagram @wellmelsbells.

We’re Back!

Well, folks, it has been one long hiatus, and for that, we apologize. Last year, as graduation loomed before me, I decided I needed to take a step back. I was worried that I was putting too much pressure on … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: 10 Male Authors who Bring Sexy to the Paperback

Authors are known for a lot of things–being eccentric, loving cats, even, well, being dicks–but being sexy isn’t usually one of them. For that reason, we at The Poetics Project have decided to shed a little light on all of … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: Bringing Readers Inside the Bedroom

Writing about sex is hard (no pun intended). While there are plenty of writers who have found their niche writing romance novels filled to the brim with sensual scenes, the majority of us do anything to avoid a sex scene. … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: MFA Programs: Are They Worth It?

So you want to be a writer. You have graduated from high school and college with a few creative writing workshops under your belt and produced a few short pieces you’re proud of. You think, if I could just find … Continue reading

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Story Shots: Gloom

The shorts below were written by some of our contributors for the month of June, which, as we know, is typically a month associated with gloom. But rather than focus on April showers and May flowers—the weather and nature that … Continue reading

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AWP 2014: Writing Unsympathetic Characters

Last week, I attended AWP in Seattle with other students in my program and fellow contributor, Tiffany Shelton. For those of you who haven’t heard of AWP, it’s a conference and bookfair held in a different city each year and … Continue reading

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Self-Publishing: No Degree Necessary

Self-publishing has taken off, that’s no secret. Bestsellers, from Fifty Shades of Grey to Wool, began as self-published books. Recently, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), in the UK, even began its own masters program in self-publishing. A full-time student can complete the program in one year; when he or she graduates, they will have all the skills needed to edit, design, publish, and market their own book. At least, that’s the idea. Continue reading

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The Tumblr Post that Started a Debate on Race and Writing

By saying that readers will automatically assume a character is white unless otherwise stated, you are essentially admitting that there is a “standard” race—a default race, if you will. Anonymous, to answer your question, you do not need to mention a character’s race. But as with most choices we make as writers, the decision to mention race or not should be consistent—not dependent on whether they are white or not. Continue reading

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Women are People: Who Knew?

Two-dimensional characters aren’t merely results of poor writing; although, they can be. You can spot them right away. There’s the femme fatale, the bad boy, the cat lady, the everyman, the damsel in distress, the jock, the farmer’s daughter, or … Continue reading

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Submissions Roundup: May

The Acrostic Poetry Contest Here’s an example of an acrostic poem: Elizabeth it is in vain you say “Love not” – thou sayest it in so sweet a way: In vain those words from thee or L.E.L. Zantippe’s talents had … Continue reading

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