Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring John Morris. Check out five of John’s stories along with his interview questions below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- Writing is usually a very insular and lonely experience – even though I love every second of it. Figment allows writers to keep in touch with one another, share stories and provide feedback. Being able to read the wealth of content that is produced helps to inspire and provide ideas, which helps! Not only that but the writers of Figment are incredibly nice. It’s a stellar website and one I love using.
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- It has to be I Know What You Are. I initially wrote it as a short 800 word short story about an artificial intelligence within a computer who starts conversing with the main character. However, the community at Figment convinced me to expand it. I’ve now got a much larger, detailed and frankly scary story featuring cyber space chases, a drone army and a main character who lives only as pixels, as he’s permanently connected into the web.
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- I used to write to escape from my life. My childhood couldn’t be constituted the best and I ended up living by myself from 16 onwards but writing was this vessel I could sail away on. Now, I use my past to sustain my characters and give meaning to my work. Inspiration also comes from the novels I read, the people I meet and the places I visit. It’s hard to pinpoint anything in particular. And why do I keep writing? I keep writing because I love it. We only have one life and I’d rather use it chasing dreams than living in fear of not being good enough.
What is the last book that you read?
- The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. It’s a classic science fiction novel which manages to combine commentary on the then ongoing Vietnam war, create believable characters, have an interesting alien species whilst dealing with the often ignored time dilation of interstellar travel – the scientific fact that time slows the faster we go, meaning every one ages and dies whilst you survive. It’s worth reading, even for none sci-fi fans.
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- To practice is to perfect. Keep writing, even if you don’t like the dredge you’re producing. And remember the ideas shine through. Stay original, work out new ways to tackle old genres, and you’ll find your writing evolving beyond fan fiction or copy cat works. It’s hard and I’m no where near there, but if you’re tenacious and determined then, one day, hopefully, you’ll do it. Editing helps too.
Congratulations again John and thank you for sharing talent, inspiration and advice with us! Be sure to check out some of his work below.
Description: When a mysterious message appears on Dex’s computer screen he vows to get to the bottom of it, even if it reveals his own insanity.
Description: Lost amongst the waves with little left to guide, the money has deserted and the dreams have withered and died.
Description: All is not well. On Earth, and across the constellations, there are those who believe the Galactic Alliance to be a dictatorship of evil, not a bastion of peace. And they will stop at nothing until it is dust.
Description: Time, oh time, oh time, oh time, Samantha has come unstuck from time.
Description: A man falls into the liquid vice of life
Congratulations again, John!
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– The Figment Team