Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring Saleena Nival! Check out five of her stories along with her interview answers below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- I love a lot of things about Figment, but the first thing I noticed when I joined three years ago was how welcoming Figment and the community are. I had just started writing seriously back then, and I was really nervous about sharing my work online. However, everyone made me feel super welcomed and comfortable. Figment creates a great atmosphere that promotes friendly, yet constructive criticism that has been extremely helpful.
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- My favorite story I have posted on Figment is a short story called The Fight. It is a story about a possession of sorts over a boy, which results in his inability to control his actions. He ends up doing something he really does not want to do. I really love this story because it is the first time I experimented with second person, and I am very proud of the result. It really challenged me as a writer.
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- I find inspiration from my overactive imagination. I’ve always created stories in my head, and would act these different scenarios out when I was alone (honestly I still do that sometimes, haha!). Writing has given me an opportunity to put these random or funny or sad or romantic fantasies onto paper, to make reality out of something crazy and in my head. On a personal level, writing really helps me blow off steam when stress or every day life gets a little overbearing. Writing has helped me through a lot of tough times in my life, and now I feel like it is an integral part of my life.
What is the last book that you read?
- The last book I read was The Magician by Lev Grossman. It was extremely good; I’d recommend it to anyone.
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- The biggest piece of advice I can give Figgies is to keep writing. There have been so many times that I have stopped writing because I was discouraged or writer’s block got the best of me, but it was only when I fought through and kept at it that I actually saw my writing improve. I know it’s a cliche, but practice really does make perfect.
Congratulations again and thank you for sharing your talent, inspiration and advice with us! Be sure to check out some of their work below.
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– The Figment Team