Featured Fig: Jordan Sapiro

What makes Figment Figment? Well, there are forums, blog posts, writing groups, and featured books. And what really makes this place special is you, our users. However, there are a few people behind the scenes who work really hard to make sure Figment stays Figment.

This week we’re introducing you to Figment’s three new summer interns. Check out their interviews and show them some love on their walls!

 New Jersey–native Jordan Sapiro is a student at Washington University in St. Louis. She loves to read, write fiction, ski, and watch trashy television. Jordan is also passionate about art history and studies this in addition to creative writing.

What made you want to intern at Figment?
As a young writer myself, Figment seemed like the ideal place to spend my summer working. I am really interested in social media, book publishing, and, of course, writing–I loved that Figment was a combination of all my interests. I also miss my days of reading YA novels exclusively and I was excited about the opportunity working at Figment gave me to dive back into that world. So far I have loved working with all the people here and helping out with different parts of the website.

What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

My first semester of college was when I first started seriously writing fiction. My first creative writing professor told me that before I started writing, I had to believe it first. If you don’t know what world you are writing in and don’t believe it yourself how is the reader supposed to believe you? I am a very visual person, so now before I start to write I sit down and think to myself about the world my character lives in, down to the most mundane details. Once I have this picture in my head and believe it, only then will I start to write. The result was writing that felt more realistic, detailed, and rich. Try it sometime! Even if you have to jot something down or draw a set. Believe it yourself, and others will too.

What’s your weirdest/most unique hobby?

I love to travel, something I got from my family. We took a lot of amazing trips when I was younger and my passion for other cultures and foreign places only grew from there. My grandparents would take trips that lasted for six to eight weeks to any and every place in the world that was safe to travel to. They went everywhere from rural Africa to South America to Thailand and Eastern Europe just to name a few. They always sent postcards with news of their travels, which I would wait for impatiently. When they came back, they always brought a doll from each place they visited. I used to drill them with questions about where it was from and what that place was like. I still have them all on my bookshelf–by now there are easily over 50 different dolls, each from a different country. When I was studying in London this past semester, I was able to travel to tons of places without my family which was a completely different but equally rewarding experience. I would always make my friends stop with me to buy a doll in each city, keeping the tradition alive.

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