Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring CEMO! Check out five of their stories along with their interview answers below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- I love how small the Figment community is. Some people may take this as a con rather than a pro, but personally, I feel like you never get lost in the crowd here. If you want your voice to be heard, it will be heard. Also, the people on Figment are passionate about writing. They will give you valuable feedback that will make you grow as a writer, and they post unique stories that you wouldn’t be able to find on many other writing sites.
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- Currently my favourite story I have shared on Figment is Opening Night. It is an ongoing novel about a young lesbian girl who is trying to hide her identity from her homophobic family. However, when she gets the lead role in the play, and realizes that the lead is also gay, she has to make the decision between following her dreams and conforming to her family’s values. I like it because I feel like LGBT inclusion in popular literature is really important. Writers tend to make their default character straight, cis-gendered, and white, and that needs to change.
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- Whenever I feel blocked and I need something to write I will find a Figment Daily Theme, open Microsoft Word, and just begin. I save all of the prompts in a special folder on my email so that I can come back to them when I’m in a writer’s jam. Actually, the novelette I’m writing at the moment is based off of a Figment Theme. It’s called Fate in Ink and it should be coming out soon! You can read the synopsis and see the cover on my profile.
What is the last book that you read?
- The last book I read was In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang. It’s a graphic novel about a gamer-girl who gets mixed up in some illegal dealings inside the game world. I really liked it. The art was great and the underlying message was important. It is about exploitation of the system and how we tend to take advantage of people in third world countries to get material goods.
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- My biggest word of advice is to write every day. I just began doing this recently, but I find that writing every day is one of the most important things a writer can do. It keeps your juices flowing and even if it is just a sentence you sneak in before bed, it gives you a sense of accomplishment day in and day out.
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