Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring Lydia Albano. Lydia has been an active member of Figment since 2010 with a variety of stories that you are sure to fall in love with.
We recently reached out to Lydia to ask her a few questions about her experience on Figment and her love of reading and writing. Check out what she said below along with 5 of her featured stories.
1. What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
Lydia: There’s a lot I love about Figment: I tend to be a very self-deprecating writer and it’s both encouraging and humbling to receive such amazing feedback from other young writers like myself. I think, though – and this may be selfish – that the thing I’ve appreciated most about having Figment is that once I post something, there’s pressure to finish it! Fortunately for me, people get mad when you leave them hanging. I don’t know if I’d ever finish anything without the pressure.
2. What is your favorite story that you have written and shared on Figment and why?
Lydia: Definitely Finding You. A large part of the reason I’ve loved writing it (though I didn’t initially plan for the theme of human trafficking, which has been…exciting) is the response in the comments from so many Figment users; you’ve all become so involved in the characters and so protective of them that they feel more real than ever to me. I think Finding You is the first piece I’ve written that I personally loved and envisioned each character equally, even the minor ones. Writing it, I loved being swept up in the story as much as my readers, along the many twists and turns that I didn’t even see coming.
3. Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
Lydia: The stories in my head never really stop. Honestly I attribute that to God’s blessing, that I have a crazy stupid imagination that won’t turn off. Even when I’m stuck with my lovely friend Writer’s Block, I’m usually just super frustrated because I still want to be writing. Also, I usually feel that I owe it to my characters to give them an ending, once I get started.
4. What is the last book that you read?
Lydia: The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern. It took me long enough to jump on the bandwagon, but I might be a little bit obsessed now and I might consider myself a rêveur now and I mightbe planning my own Night-Circus-themed party.
5. Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
Lydia: READ YOUR WORK ALOUD TO YOURSELF. I know, I know, it’s cliched, but I think it’s crucial to having work that flows. It’s hard for me to read something that’s choppy, no matter how much I love you. And if I can sneak in a bit of a cheat for my friends sharing entire novels: as far as posting on Figment goes, I strongly suggest breaking your chapters up into smaller segments. In my experience, it keeps people reading and is better for the flow and keeping your readers’ attention, and trust me, I want to read your work! You all are inspiring to me.
**a readers’ pick for Figment’s Best of 2013 list!** A girl and a boy, war and slavery, a locket and a key, cruel separation and a bond that can’t be broken.
(And ‘Isla’ is pronounced “EYE-lah”, just so you know.)
she decides – with commendable resolve for one so young – to end her life on the day of her twenty-fifth birthday. there are tragic elements at play- life is too painful to continue- fate is against her. nothing, she’s sure, could be worth the pain that would come with staying any longer.
in watching that foreign world so close to her own, she saw an opportunity.
Trained to take her place as a spy for the king her father serves, Roe fully expects the announcement that she is to marry her enemy. When her betrothed’s messenger brings the first of the courtship letters, she is resigned to her fate, prepared to play her part. But nothing goes according to plan- least of all her intention to remain indifferent to the messenger. And she can’t ignore the possibility that he is keeping secrets of his own.
Check out my blog and the official Pinterest for pictures and tidbits about this work-in-progress.
*COMPLETE* Wrongful imprisonment, heroic escape, true love, not-so-true love, betrayal, assassins, masquerades, pistols, clock-chimes, and stories. read related blog posts here, and check out the pinterest board here (to see how I picture characters, settings, clothes etc.) 🙂
Congratulations again, Lydia!
Let us know who you think should be our next Featured Fig.
– The Figment Team