Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring S.J. Bouquet. All S.J. needs to do is post the name, “Willow” and her Figgie fans will be refreshing her profile for updates on her latest story. Check out five of S.J.’s stories along with her interview questions below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- I’ve tried many writing websites over the years, and none have been as great as Figment. This site has helped me make some of the greatest friends and helped me grow as a writer. I have genuinely learned on this website (as far as how to write a good story… if you continue to read this interview, you’ll probably notice that my grammar still needs improving. I am working on that!)
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- Every single one of my stories are special to me, but my absolute favorite isIf I’m Louder. This means a lot to me because I actually finished this book. It’s gone through four drafts, and each time I found a new thing to love about the story line. The story continued to grow, and it’s been a joy seeing where I started and where this story took off into its own thing.
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- My main inspiration resources are family and music. I’m constantly surrounded by siblings, parents, and the radio is always on. Lyrics actually prompted me to write If I’m Louder. One day I was singing a song (One Direction… don’t judge), and I sang the same lyrics over and over. “If I’m louder, If I’m louder, If I’m louder”. It’s safe to say I was obsessed with how Niall Horan’s Irish accent wrapped around those words. My sister eventually told me to shut up and move on to different lyrics, but I couldn’t. So I wrote a book about it.
What is the last book that you read?
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- Oh, lots! My advice is: be polite and consider what others have to say. Those two things have benefited me greatly. It’s amazing how just the tone of your speech can make a person hate your very existence or think you’re the nicest person in the world. Don’t underestimate the power of a gentle attitude. It can be quite disarming in such an aggressive world. And don’t forget to listen. If a person says they don’t like your writing, ask them why. Are their reasons legitimate? Sometimes, when I get reviews on Figment, I admit that I cry. People can be harsh. But when I step away from the emotional aspect of a bad review, and look at what a person is saying, I find that they are usually right. Reviews help improve your work. If you want to grow as a writer, you do have to stay true to yourself, but you’re also going to have to cry and learn a few hard lessons.
Congratulations again S.J. and thank you for sharing your talent and inspiring tips to improve our writing with us! Be sure to check out some of her work below.
Description: WORK IN PROGRESS AMAZING cover by Olivia Ossege
Description: WIP- NANOWRIMO PROJECT
Description: NOT YET FINISHED
Description: [Climbing the Wall #4] (sequel to If I’m Louder) WORK IN PROGRESS
Description: COMPLETE [Rating: PG-13, for some language and abuse] [Climbing the Wall #3] [Fourth Draft]
Congratulations again, S.J.!
Let us know who you think should be our next Featured Fig!
– The Figment Team