Featured Fig: Elise Renée

Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.

This week we’re featuring Elise Renée! Check out five of her stories along with her interview questions below!

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What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?

  • I think the thing I enjoy most about figment is how safe it feels. It really just feels you can you can put yourself and your projects out into the void without fear of being attacked by other users. People are really supportive because most of them are here for the same reason: they really love writing.

What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?

  • My favourite story I have shared on Figment is Lock and Key. I’m really proud of Lock and Key because it was my first successful attempt at a short story. It’s about a girl in love who doubts herself due to societal standards and pressures. She learns a really important lesson about not giving up and finding a another way, which is just really relevant to me. It opened doors for me on Figment as it generated a response and introduced me to some of my closest Figgie friends!

Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?

  • I find inspiration in freaking weird places. I carry a notebook around with me that says “thinkies” on it and I scribble down all the random things that interest me. When I learn new words or overhear odd conversations or hear an awesome song or have a random thought it goes in there.

What is the last book that you read?

  • I finished Acceleration by Graham McNamee and How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kristen Miller simultaneously. I don’t give out five stars very freely but they both get five! INCREDIBLE BOOKS. Every person alive should read them.

Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?

  • JOIN A WRITING GROUP. As a college student and lover of figment I am learning that peer review is, like seriously, THE BEST EVER. Getting feedback from someone other than your mom and your goldfish is incredibly helpful. Fig swaps are fine, but go meet some other authors in person and talk to them about your work and your style and find out what your weaknesses are! DO THE THING. JOIN A GROUP.

Congratulations again, Elise and thank you for sharing talent, inspiration and advice with us! Be sure to check out some of her work below.


What Jazz Wants

Description:

This is the story of Meg. A girl consumed by greed. After the death of her five-year-old brother Jasper, which she blames on the poverty of her family, Meg becomes obsessed with wealth. She’s convinced that if she surrounds herself with valuables she will be able to support her family in a way her parents never could. Haunted by her brother, who eggs her on at every turn, she steals anything that could be of value. Upon amassing a trove antiques and wallets, she begins to cash in her treasures until she can buy her way into a better life, leaving her mother behind. But it still isn’t enough. Her memories distorted by a malicious figment of her imagination who takes the form of dead brother she becomes convinced that she can’t stop just yet. Her family must be able to live in absolute splendor and she can’t settle until that is possible. Her home fills with items Jasper deems valuable. Piles of the kinds of toys he would have liked if he was alive and clothes that would fit him, accompanied by stolen wallets and watches, stack as high as the ceiling but Meg can’t ever stop. Not until her insatiable avarice is satisfied.


Lock and Key

Description:

With every heart a lock, and every person on the planet in possession of a key, every girl knows when she has found her true love because the keys only work in the perfect locks. Tessa’s lock, however, refuses to open. Her fear of the lock begins to interfere with her personal life as she attempts to avoid having any other keys fail to unlock her love. In guarding her heart she has allowed it to rust. Then she meets Jay, and she can’t resist. But Jay’s key won’t unbolt her lock, and Tessa comes to see that keys aren’t the only things that can open locks, and that destiny can be mistaken… can’t it?


Tumble Up

Description:

It take place shortly before the game starts and ends with the beginning of the game. It’s about Neku and his family situation (which isn’t canon)and how he came to be in the UG. The ending will probably only make sense to fans of the game.


Altered Perception

Description:

Born with the mental capacity of any normal human at their prime, Katka Orin continued to develop at an alarming rate, learning to use her brain in inexplicable ways by the age of six. By her 12th birthday she was capable of changing a person’s mind just by looking at them the right way. By her 18th she could hear the thoughts of anyone in a 50 meter radius, and on her 20th she discovered she could distort reality. Being able to change the appearance of herself and her surroundings in the eyes of others came as quite the surprise, so Kat used her newly-discovered, preternatural skill for the best thing she could think of: the extrication of intrinsically valuable items from their irritatingly wealthy owners. In other words: she started stealing overpriced junk, until one day when her will was no longer her own.


Atlantis

Description:

When NameTBD (an Atlantian princess) wakes up in 2014 to find her city nothing more than a legend, she is forced to team up with a pair of normal teenagers (Jasper and Charolette O’Delle), to raise her city from the ocean. Hunted at every turn by ageless Keepers who want nothing more than to keep Isa from learning the truth, she delves into the dark secrets of her parents’ reign and her city’s mistakes. Atlantis is in danger, but from the inside or out? The city must either rise, or be razed.


Congratulations again, Elise!

Let us know who you think should be our next Featured Fig!

– The Figment Team

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