Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring Victoria W.! Check out five of her stories along with her interview questions below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- I enjoy the community of people I meet and even the friends I make with along the way. What’s so great about the figment community is whether you are a beginner or a veteran in this exquisite art we call writing, you get the same support, start to finish. From boosting your confidence, to giving you solid constructive criticism. I love it best when it’s unsolicited. To have someone take time out of their day and give you their attention to something you have put your heart and soul into, without bartering or trading, makes my work feel that much richer.
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- That would have to be Waiting For You. It has been my little pearl treasure among gems. I wrote it for the 17 Magazine contest, oh, 2 years ago now, and in the beginning I never would have imagined loving as much as I do now. And even though it didn’t even come close to contending in that competition, it reached people long after. Though I don’t plan on adding anymore to it, you never know what God has planned ahead. Many have asked that I write more but I feel with this short story, by doing that it dilutes its meaning and breaks the enchantment of it all. Sophia was afraid. Ultimately, had she not taken that leap of faith, the fear could have swept away everything she always dreamed of having. But because she spoke the truth from her heart, the man she loved heard her words and it too gave him the courage he needed. At least, that’s what I hope my readers got from my story. Haha!
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- It’s funny you should ask! Someone just asked me that last week. *wink* Pinterest! I just got chills saying it! I have found so many things that spark my imagination. But even on days I am not inspired, a wise writer by the name of Robert Benson said— "A writer cannot write a book tomorrow. A carpenter cannot build a house tomorrow morning either. What a writer has to do today is write a few hundred words. And then do the same the next day and the next." No matter what, keep writing, keep the practice of writing everyday.
What is the last book that you read?
- "When I Fall in Love" by Susan May Warren. *love sighs* I’m still drinking it in two days later. It was such a wonderful story I can’t wait to share all about it on my blog! <3
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- Let go. Let go of the feeling you have to have it all perfect the first time you put your work out there. Even the second and third time.
Let go of the fear that you are not good enough! Because you are. You may not be the best right now but know that you are on your way and that that’s okay!
Congratulations again, Victoria and thank you for sharing talent, inspiration and advice with us! Be sure to check out some of her work below.
Congratulations again, Victoria!
Let us know who you think should be our next Featured Fig!
– The Figment Team