Figment is an online community for people who love the English language. Writers, poets, and storytellers can share their creations with people on Figment, while avid fans of fiction and short stories can use the site to discover new talent. What makes Figment a community, as opposed to just a message or board or a forum, is the sheer number of features and opportunities the site offers. Users can post their own stories, participate in contests, connect with other members, and review other writers’ work all from this one hub.
Sign up for Figment by creating a username and password, or login with your Facebook or Twitter account. Once you’re a member, you get access to all of Figment’s amazing features. Upload your writing to the Figment library to get started. Your writing can be public, private, or available only to selected Figment users. Once people start reading your piece, they’re sure to leave helpful comments and reviews. These critiques – which are never anonymous – can be helpful when editing future versions of your book or short story, or they can help spark an idea for something entirely new. If you’re in the mood, head to the Figment library to read all different types of writing by other users. You can read excerpts of new books online, and then purchase those books with just one click.
When you find a new author whose work you enjoy, click the “follow” button to receive automatic notices whenever he or she adds new content to the site. You can also leave a virtual heart on any story that touched you, as a way of letting the author know that you enjoyed the piece. For aspiring writers, published poets, and everyone in between, Figment is a great way to gain perspective and feedback.
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