Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring Dawn Kearns! Check out five of their stories along with their interview answers below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- I absolutely love the community on Figment. I’ve made friends from all over the world and with many different backgrounds, but still with similar interests we were able to connect through. The relationships I have formed on this site are ones I believe will be long-lasting. Not only that, but I’ve gotten the best writing advice on this site. Unlike other similar writing sites, I get meaningful feedback, and as someone who wants to be a published novelist one day, this is incredibly important to me.
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- The Gift of the Dreamseer, by far. It’s an epic fantasy that I have been writing for over three years, and while it is still in the rough-draft phase, I’ve put so much effort into it. It was inspired by the works of many of my favourite authors, like Robert Jordan, Margaret Weis, George R. R. Martin, and many more. I’ve spent so much time on this one, trying to design a unique cast of characters, a fantastic but still believable world, and an original plot. I guess I’m bragging a bit by saying this, but I think I’ve been pretty successful at that in the 120,000 words I have written so far.
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- Being a busy student, I don’t find as much time to write as I wish I did, and I also frequently get writer’s block. To combat this, I l like to participate in NaNoWriMo, a monthly competition every November where you write 50,000 words, and Camp NaNo, a similar competition that happens during the months of April and July where you set your own goals. Writing with a goal in mind really motivates me. All my wonderful reviewers are great motivators as well. Knowing someone out there wants to read my novel makes me want to write more.
What is the last book that you read?
- The last book I read was The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan, the first book in the Wheel of Time series. Wheel of Time is my favourite book series of all time, and this is my second time reading it. It’s the series that made me become really serious about writing – its incredibly in-depth worldbuilding, magic system, and characterization make Robert Jordan an author I aspire to be like one day. It’s fourteen books long and quite dense (definitely not something for the average reader) but I’d still give the series a try.
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- I can’t take credit for this piece of advice, as it was given to me when I met the author Brandon Sanderson (though I am paraphrasing), but here it goes: Write what you want to write. Don’t try to make your book more similar to other popular novels. If you write what you want, you will enjoy doing that the most, and thus, the quality of your writing will be drastically better. I’m not telling you to stop listening to other people’s opinions – do, it will help make your writing better – but don’t exclusively listen to other people’s opinions.
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