Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring Madison L.H.! Check out five of their stories along with their interview answers below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- The people. I’ve found that a lot of us are alike in ways that I didn’t expect when I first joined. Everyone critiques in such a polite and respectful but totally honest way without crossing over to trolling territory, and that’s something I really appreciate and haven’t found on any other writing website before. Not only are most of them pretty awesome at critiques, but a few of us have similar interests outside of writing, too!
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- That would probably have to be my current work in progress, Translation. It’s not like anything I’ve ever done before: conversations have to be simplified due to Samantha’s deafness, and I’ve really enjoyed writing in multiple POVs. (One of the two of those is male, which has been a fun challenge as a female writer.)
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- Other authors. Not other authors’ books, (though some of those are great for writing inspiration, too,) but the authors themselves. A lot of them, such as John Green and J.K. Rowling, worked on the same project for a while and it eventually ended up being what brought them so much success. That’s why I try to save a novel so that I don’t give it up completely: it could be the start of my future success story.
What is the last book that you read?
- First Love by James Patterson and Emily Raymond. The ending made me cry. I’m reading Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls right now, which is already pretty sad 54 pages in, so there may be more where that came from.
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- Set goals for yourself, especially when you’re just starting your novel. That way, if you find yourself in a slump a month after you first start it, you’ll already have half a novel. Also: don’t edit until somebody tells you to. I’ve found that ‘thinking like a reader’ while writing only makes me press the backspace button more. You’re the writer, so you should write. Let the readers do the reading.
Congratulations again and thank you for sharing your talent, inspiration and advice with us! Be sure to check out some of their work below.
Let us know who you think should be our next Featured Fig!
– The Figment Team