Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring Chiara Damiani! Check out five of her stories along with her interview questions below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- How helpful everyone is! Seriously, there are so many generous people willing to help out for free or for a mere swap. You guys (that includes you, reading this) are awesome. I don’t know why I ever put off writing for so long with so many people to encourage and help me keep writing.
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- I think The Darkness Trials and Azzy’s Abduction are my two favorites. They were the first stories I was inspired to start writing, and because of that they will forever hold a special place for me. Granted, it’s a work in progress because these are being written at the same time, but I hope to eventually get them published.
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- There are a few things I draw inspiration from. The first being my overactive imagination (which must have driven my parents insane growing up). It takes more than just inspiration to get me writing, though. Without a few good friends on here and my boyfriend to help me get through some speed bumps and cheer me on, I wouldn’t have the continuous motivation to write. I often find myself, usually just before bed, scrambling for a pen and paper. For whatever reason, that’s when the most brilliant ideas will pop into my head.
What is the last book that you read?
- The last book I finished reading was The Blood Gospel by James Rollins and am currently reading Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. I am a sucker for magic and the paranormal; throw in tidbits of historical fiction or an interesting plot twist on top of that and I’m hooked.
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- If you love to write, then it doesn’t matter how good you are at it, just write! Just look at me, for example. I’ve only been writing since this past May and have discovered that I absolutely love it. Don’t ever force yourself to write!! It should be able to come naturally and be something you get excited over. Practice makes perfect, but learning from your mistakes is harder without someone there to point them out. I would suggest reviewing other people’s stories, and in turn get them to review yours. Most people will point out mistakes and give some feedback on what they thought of your story – especially if you ask them to. Don’t be shy! Once you are able to start pointing out errors, then go back to your story and read it out loud. Yes, I said read it out loud. When I am serious about finding mistakes, that is the first thing I do. As you hear yourself read, you’re forced to pay more attention to each line as opposed to just skimming over and possibly missing some things. You will also begin to notice changes in the flow of the story, something that is a little harder to realize by just silently reading. I also want to thank those who’ve reviewed some of my stories. Without their help, I don’t think I would’ve ever been able to write as I do now.
Congratulations again, Chiara and thank you for sharing talent, inspiration and advice with us! Be sure to check out some of her work below.
Rein lives with her mother in a dangerous part of the city. One particular day when going to visit her grandmother, something goes horribly wrong. She discovers that the murderer that is all over the news has become fixated with her. Will she be able to escape his grasp, or will she be trapped in an inescapable nightmare that was only just beginning?
Have you ever felt like your life was going so right, only to have it ripped from your grasp? Lucia Hart, student in college who had found the man of her dreams, did. She lost it all in a single, horrifying night. When she woke up the next morning things were different. Frightening creatures were everywhere, and she had become a monster in a sea of strange.
Lilith, the top Soul Corrupter in Abyssus, has her future set; if she can only make it past this last year to become an independent. Her mother, Hecate, master of witchcraft, causes her many problems at home. Their family rules one of the high class demon sects in Abyssus, and with it comes pressures to be perceived as perfect. Through her parents’ constant bickering and her obsession with blood, can Lilith pull through to become the demon prodigy everyone sees her as?
Azrea Libbel wasn’t like the other children. She could see things no one else could. Doctors had chocked it up to an overactive imagination when she was little, but it was far more than that. The world she saw was as real as her parents. Now at eighteen, this other world she knew little about cried for her help. Would she become the savior it so desperately needed, or would she succumb to its lure of madness and be forever trapped?
Avonto never really dwelled on the worries of where he went of why. He was content to just be. Finding himself at a dead end orphanage for the un-adoptable, he met Lumia, a quiet girl who seemed to have forgotten what life was really about. Together they embark on an adventure to nowhere in particular, letting their whims guide the way.
Congratulations again, Chiara!
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– The Figment Team