Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring Naomi Folettia! Check out five of their stories along with their interview answers below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- What I enjoy the most about Figment is the fact that there are users of different ages, different backgrounds (even published authors!), and from many different countries. In the forums (especially General/Random) I learn many new things that I might not have if I wasn’t on Figment (like about the Afrikaans language). The community is also welcoming and friendly, something I haven’t seen much on other writing websites I tried. Today, there are many users I consider my Figgy Friends. Also, I have received many helpful reviews, something that is, sadly, hard to come by outside of Figment especially for me because I live in a non-English speaking country. Unrelated to writing, Figment has also given me a place to nurture my artist side. With my cover shop “Magic Cover Shop” I can be creative in other ways and help fellow writers. I sincerely enjoy making covers for people and it makes my day when they say they liked it and use it for their story.
Figment has definitely helped me grow as a writer, a reviewer, an editor, and even an artist. Seriously, and I mean this, I probably would not even be writing as much as I do today without Figment and would probably never be making covers…much less my own profile pic.
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- I would say “Liaffon Book One: East Seekers” which is my 7-year ongoing fantasy/adventure/mystery YA novel. I’ve been writing it as long as I’ve been on Figment and hope to publish it someday. It’s my favorite for a few reasons. First, because it has a Victorian Era vibe which I love. Another needs a bit of back story.
So, a funny story about Liaffon is that it started out with my Mom wanting me to practice using SAT words by making up a story around them. Liaffon was born out of “sordid”, “laconic”, “cherish”, “ambiguously”, “ignominy”, and “implement”. Strange, I know, and currently on it’s 10th or so draft, none of these words make an appearance and it jumped from 40,000 to 89,000 words. But the wordcount doesn’t matter. I worked so hard with world building and character development. Just to mention, some figgies commented that the world and the characters felt real. That is a major accomplishment and another reason why “Liaffon Book One: East Seekers” is my favorite–the efforts actually paid off!
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- My inspiration to write originally comes from Shannon Hale’s “Princess Academy”. Ever since reading her books (and she still inspires me today) I have been writing. I can keep writing because I have ideas that demand to be written down even if it’s only a one-page short story. When I can’t find time to write a story, being a graduate student at the moment, I also write poems like “Thunderstorm at my house”. Every little bit of writing helps keep me in my creative flow. Also, I often imagine how wonderful it would be to see someone smiling as they buy my book at a bookstore. That keeps me writing.
What is the last book that you read?
- Thank goodness I’ve been reading recently. The last book I read was “The Time Keeper” by Mitch Albom. It’s a story about time, is all I can say without giving too much away. The story goes back and forth in time. The first few chapters begin with “This will happen soon.” and when you read it you have no idea who these people are and why they’re needed…until the middle of the book. A very creative, interesting way to write a story. You start out thinking “He is never going to connect these characters at the end, no way! It’s not going to work.” But it does. Now you’ll have to read it to find out how 🙂
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- I have a blog called “Authoress to Newbie: Fiction Writing Advice, Tips, and More!” and in there I tell writers, whatever writing level you’re at if you want to improve what you gotta do is read, read, read. Read good, amazing books and even ones that aren’t as good, even terrible ones. Read books in your genre and books outside your genre. This is something most professional writers will say, too. Just read a lot. Another thing that has helped me, personally, is to review other figgies’ writing. Reading your own writing from someone else’s perspective is hard. But you can read other people’s writing. It makes you realize that you do these same things and they aren’t working. By becoming the reader, you can step away from your writing for a bit and see where you can improve.
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