Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring Amy K. Coxon! Check out five of her stories along with her interview questions below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- I enjoy being a part of Figment as it’s a chance to meet people who are passionate about writing, just like I am. I love getting feedback to help me with my work, and it’s a huge boost to a writer to get likes and comments that say that you are doing a good job and keeping people interested. My favourite part of figment is the forums, where I know I can go to make new friends, get ideas or have a cover made and it’s great to know that there are other people there who can help.
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- My collection of short poems. I never usually write poems, I have to be really angry or happy or sad, and the poems come out of nowhere into my head, and I write them down as soon as they come. I’m always starting new ideas, so some of my older stuff gets put on a back burner until I finish them, but poems are short and I can write them quickly. My favourite one is “School”, that I wrote when I was leaving Year 11.
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- My life, funnily enough. I have an amazing family that are all supportive, and it’s in them I find my characters. Some inspire directly, such as my niece did for the poem “My little sunshine” or not so directly, such as Julia in Writer Girl was inspired by my sister Molly. I get most things from experience, but in my novels, such as “Vala Mabley” I spent hours thinking about what I’d write and looking at photos to inspire me. Family and friends always ask about my writing and read it for me to feedback, and to have support like that, it’s amazing.
What is the last book that you read?
- “The perks of being a wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky. It was really good and kept me guessing, and the way he wrote for Charlie really did show the conflict of emotions and made them come alive in his writing. I plan to read “Divergent” next.
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- Keep going, and learn to take criticism as a positive. On figment, many will try and help you and you have to make sure you take their comments on board, as it will make you and your writing stronger! If you feel like giving up because you can’t get it right then just ask for help from someone. You’ll get there, it just takes time. 🙂
Congratulations again Amy and thank you for sharing talent, inspiration and advice with us! Be sure to check out some of her work below.
A compilation of my poems.
A poem about school.
Leila Conrad is single.
Not just single. The only single drowning in a sea of couples.
But then she hatches a plan.
Can she win over the gorgeous Noah Mitchell, or will Operation Boyfriend fail?
Lucy Gould used to be on top. The media’s golden girl, she had the world at her feet. But when she turns sixteen, she wants to shed her image.But when she goes to far, she’s kicked out of the limelight and back home with her Aunt in England. Her cousin, Maia, is not impressed, and wants her out. What will Lucy Gould do next?
Something evil is happening in The Hollow. The King of Murome is dead, the country is in panic and danger is wherever you turn. Rebels are on the rise, killing and torturing to fufil their evil goals.
It’s up to Vala Mabley to solve the mystery, and vanish the mysterious Dark Fairies for good.
Congratulations again, Amy!
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– The Figment Team