Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring Brooke Norris! Check out five of her stories along with her interview questions below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- My friend and fellow author S.E. Spradlin managed to get me addicted to Figment in the summer of 2012. I like the website because it is organized better than most sites where writing is shared. Figment’s cover feature and profile pages are so awesome! I also like how there are multiple ways to interact with the community, such as comments and reviews. Constructive criticism has enabled me to kill the weak parts of my writing.
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- Oh dear me, I actually had to look back on the stories I have posted on Figment to answer this question properly. There are over 50 now posted and I forget about some of them, sadly enough. I love writing and posting Christmas stories, especially “To The Mullins’: Stop All The Fights.” As for regular reads, “Misadventures of The Three Musketeers” was such a fun short story to write and “Masquerades and Musketeers” is probably my favorite novel that I have written solo so far. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’m obviously obsessed with musketeers. I guess I don’t have just one favorite story I’ve shared on Figment.
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- Most of my inspiration comes from music, especially deep songs that tell a story or have rich imagery, like songs from artists like Josh Groban. Traveling, even for a short distance, or taking a walk in my neighborhood can also spark ideas. Honestly, though, sometimes you just have to keep writing whether you feel super inspired or not. Writing is kinda like love; it has its good days and bad days, but you can’t stop.
What is the last book that you read?
- I cannot remember the last book I finished because I get side-tracked with other stories with fiction and as for nonfiction, I skim a lot of historical research books to get the information I need to write. I’m currently reading “The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green. He connects the beginning and ending of his chapters so well! So far the book has shown many signs of true genius.
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- It is always a great idea to carry a notebook, a pencil, and a fairly current outline with you wherever you go. Take them on trips, whether to the grocery store or to another state. Inspiration sometimes comes at random places and nobody wants to miss it. Make sure that the outline is double-spaced so you can add notes and plots twists. Or, if you like writing by the seat of your pants better, as some authors do, skip the outline. But definitely bring the notebook and pencil.
Congratulations again and thank you for sharing your talent, inspiration and advice with us! Be sure to check out some of her work below.
Congratulations again, Brooke!
Let us know who you think should be our next Featured Fig!
– The Figment Team