Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring Nocturne! Check out five of their stories along with their interview answers below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- I think what makes Figment unique is that its main focus is the swap system. Swaps do get you feedback on your work, but they also force you to read more and think critically when you review, which essentially improves your own writing as well. They’re perfect for writers on here who take their writing seriously and care about helping each other. And another thing about Figment is that you can easily make friends with so many incredibly talented and amazing people. There’s really no other place like Figment. Although, I might be a bit biased since this is the first writing website I’ve ever used. But I can guarantee you I won’t ever leave. 🙂
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- Honestly, I love all of my stories. I’ve put so much time and effort into them, all so that they illustrate what I see and think of the world. Every story I’ve ever written is basically a part of me. But the one that I would say is closest to my heart is “Finding Us,” which is being rewritten right now. I’ve worked on this one the longest, and both of the main characters are so much like myself.
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- I find inspiration literally anywhere. It could be from other forms of art (songs, movies, etc.), my life experiences, or even just a random person I see in public. I even keep a list of ideas that I haven’t been able to work on yet, but I will eventually!
What is the last book that you read?
- I’ve actually been doing a lot of reading on Figment lately, so I would have to say books by Figgies I last swapped with/I’m friends with. (Shout out to Caitlin Mathews, FJ Skye, HT Fallen, Hannah B. Nanna & Dalibor!) Outside of Figment would be The Help by Kathryn Stockett. (That was actually her debut novel, so maybe that’s hope for all of you writers planning to get published one day.)
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- First and foremost, always keep writing! Especially when you’re stuck, just write anything, even if it’s just a sentence. I promise it will help you grow as a writer. And also get as much feedback as you can, and remember all the things other people say are just opinions and suggestions that you can use or ignore. Remember that in the end, you’re writing for YOU and what YOU care about. Don’t ever let anyone discourage you from writing what you want. Write only for yourself, because your happiness should be the only success you aim for.
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