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Melody Maysonet

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Melody Maysonet has been an English teacher, editor, columnist, and ghostwriter. A self-proclaimed geek, she loves reading fantasy but prefers writing edgy, real-world fiction—as evidenced by her first novel, A WORK OF ART, which won the 2016 Hoffer Award for best fiction and was named a Best Book of 2015 by YA Books Central. Melody lives in Coconut Creek, Florida, with her husband, son, and two cats. Visit Melody's website at www.melodymaysonet.com, or follow her on Facebook or Twitter. ...more

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Melody Maysonet Oftentimes, when I have writer's block, there's a reason for it. Either I'm not comfortable with where the story is going, or I need to develop someth…moreOftentimes, when I have writer's block, there's a reason for it. Either I'm not comfortable with where the story is going, or I need to develop something more fully in order to tackle it.

There are many mornings when the last thing I want to do is write, but I force myself to concentrate on sitting in front of my computer (even if it's plotting or researching) until X amount of time has passed (usually 15-30 minutes). More often than not, I'm able to push through the block--and the next thing I know an hour or more has passed.

Also, I find that taking a break (to fold the laundry or change the sheets, for example) can refocus my energy.

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Melody Maysonet Writing is a sort of therapy, I think—an outpouring of what’s inside of me, whether it’s soulful or painful or joyful. Making a story out of those fee…moreWriting is a sort of therapy, I think—an outpouring of what’s inside of me, whether it’s soulful or painful or joyful. Making a story out of those feelings is immensely satisfying... and the idea that other people might read it and get something out of it is the icing on the cake.(less)
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What’s Wrong With This Character?

I would argue that every protagonist in fiction needs a major character flaw. Part of the satisfaction of reading comes from finding out how a character changes for the better. Of course some character flaws are greater than others, and when you make your protagonist seriously flawed (as I like to do), the question becomes: How do I keep the reader invested in the story? How do I keep the reader f Read more of this blog post »
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I loved the colloquial storytelling, the juxtaposition of beauty and horror. This is a story that’s going to stay with me, even more so than his National Book Award winner, The Good Lord Bird.
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I absolutely loved this book. It deals with some tough subjects in a sensitive, lovely way. Lyndie B. Hawkins, her father, and her friend D.B. are characters I’ll remember for a long time.
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