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Gabriell Struble is an avid contest entrant and voracious reader from New York. She loves pie, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and writing happy endings. Gabriell is currently editing her first novel.
Describe your writing style in five words.
Spontaneous without any predetermined plot.
Which literary character are you most like and why?
I think that I am most like Tris from Divergent, because I don’t really have just one place that I could fit into and that makes me a little different from other people. I have a few good friends who always have my back, just like she does, and I would do almost anything for them.
Which of your Figment writings is your favorite and why?
My favorite piece of writing that I’ve published on Figment is “Come On.” This was a contest entry, and even though I didn’t win, I feel like this is one of my best pieces of writing. I hadn’t planned it out at all, I didn’t know how I was going to get to the end I wanted, to be honest, I didn’t even know if that was the end I wanted. I just wrote, and I didn’t stop or read over anything until I finished it. When I was done, I didn’t change anything because I figured that if it was that easy to write it, then that must be how the story was supposed to go. I haven’t been able to write anything so effortlessly since then.
You’ve entered a lot of contests. Is writing a contest entry different from your other writing? What steps do you take?
Writing a contest entry is very different than just writing to write. You have to take into account the prompt, the word limit, and all other rules to the contest. My first step to writing a contest entry is coming up with an idea that fits the prompt, but puts a little spin on it. Then, I come up with my main character and decide whether it will be told through their eyes or not (I love first person writing). After that, I write the end of the story. For me, that’s the most important part because it’s what the reader is left to think about. When I finish the end, I go back and write the rest, usually having to take out several sentences so it doesn’t go over the word limit. That’s my least favorite part.
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I’ve ever received wasn’t actually intended to be writing advice, but it turned into it. My fourth grade English teacher gave me a notebook on my last day of school. On the inside of the front cover she had copied down a quote that she had read earlier on, “Don’t worry about knowing people; just make yourself worth knowing.” –Unknown. I didn’t understand it then, but when I found the notebook again a few years ago and re-read it, I decided that I would make myself worth knowing through my writing. I then started my first novel about a thief named Veera Leonardo. I finished it last year and I am still in the process of typing it (all 609 pages were handwritten) and editing it. My dream is to one day find it a decent title, and then get it published.
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