Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring William Carter. William has been an active member of Figment since October of 2012 and has shared a number of fantastically written stories and poems that enable readers to experience a wide range of emotions. Check out five of William’s featured stories below along with his inspiring (and funny!) answers to our questions.
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- You know, this question reminds me a lot of “What’s your favorite book?” Are you expecting me to choose just one? A single aspect of Figment that I enjoy the most? Ha ha, oh man. Umm. . . I seriously cannot pick. Like, I just enjoy Figment as a whole. You know? Figment is a great place to share your writing with others. It has a clear layout. It’s attractive to the eye, and its members are pretty awesome. I like the badges, the reactions, the hearts, the follows, the library, the Daily Fig, and everything else. To me, Figment is like a gluten-free chocolate cake, because you can’t take out one of the ingredients after it’s baked. It’s simply one giant mesh of awesomeness. And it’s pretty tasty, too. 😀
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- My favorite story that I have written and shared on Figment is probablyImaginatia, because it’s one of my stories that I truly enjoy living. As a writer, you are immersed into the stories you write. When you create a new world, you mentally live there. When you create your characters, you interact with them.Imaginatia is my favorite because I enjoy living within its pages. And even though it’s a first-draft (I’m just writing it, not doing any major edits yet), it keeps me alive. Every time I read it, I get so excited, and giddy, and jubilant, and any other word that explains the feeling you get when you’re living one of your dreams.
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- Inspiration? Ha ha! Inspiration to me is like confidence. You pretend you have it just so other people don’t look at you weird. Or am I the only one? Ha ha. 😀
Joking aside, inspiration to me isn’t something people find, but rather something people tend to ignore. Inspiration is always there, around you, breathing the same air you’re breathing. It’s whether you pay attention to it or not. A lot of people tend to look at things and say “Wow, that’s so inspiring!” My question is: how many times do we look at ourselves and say the same thing? I am inspiring. Inspiration isn’t a something. No, it’s a someone. You are inspiring. When I go into a store or restaurant, I look at the people around me. I think to myself, What’s their story? Who are the people they love? What are the things they don’t like? Where have they been? How old are they? When they wake up in the morning, what’s the first thing they feel? What’s the first thing they think of? What are their dreams? What are their nightmares? What are their memories? Are they good memories? What’s their view on life? How did they form that view?
I often become so overwhelmed with all of these questions that I usually lose my mom. Then the freaking out begins. Ha ha.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, I can never find inspiration, because it’s not something that you can find. It’s something that you notice about yourself. You are inspirational. No one can change that.
What is the last book that you read?
- If I’m being honest, then Traditional Logic: Advanced Formal Logic by Martin Cothran. Yeah, I’m studying for a Logic test right now. Fun, right? You probably expected me to say The Illiad, or the original manuscripts of the Old Testament, or even The Fault in Our Stars. Nope. Just logic. I mean, seriously: who can deny the awesomeness that is hypothetical syllogisms and Goclenian sorites? I know I can’t (that’s sarcasm, by the way).
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- Be original, and be yourself. I don’t care if you have an idea to write a story about a one-legged cricket who yearns to create cricket-music with his brethren but can’t due to the simple fact that he doesn’t have two legs to rub against each other. If that’s your crazy idea, then write it. Seriously. Now. Go. Please. I really want to read that story. I can see it now, where the beginning is all like “Mr. Cricket wasn’t like any other cricket, with his right leg missing. . .” and the ending’s like “So he decided to attach a riveted toothpick to his abdomen, and finally sang the song of his people.” [Insert cricket noises] It wasn’t that bad, was it? [More cricket noises] Fine. The moral of the story is: be original and be yourself.
*The lights cut off and the cameras stop rolling* So. . . How much am I going to get paid for this? ;D
[…Where are those crickets when you need them?] Congratulations again William and thank you for sharing your talent with us! Be sure to check out some of his work below.
Description: Enter a world where imagination is reality, music is power, and words are controlling. This is a first draft, and I haven’t gone back fixing major errors so bare with me. This is also updated every Friday with a new chapter!
Description:The most powerful weapon, or tool, is conversation. This is a short story only of dialogue.
Description:A letter a son wrote to his mother the day before a horrifying tragedy happened in the United State’s history. . . The people in this letter are fictional, and this was not an actual letter written.
Description:Sometimes I want to escape this world. Thankfully I have my earbuds.
Description:A pantoum about a forest falling asleep.
Congratulations again, William!
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– The Figment Team