Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring Rebekah Fowler! Check out five of her stories along with her interview questions below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- The ability to receive feedback from people who don’t know me personally is the primary reason I chose to join Figment in the first place. It’s one thing to have your friends revise your writing, but in that case there’s usually a bit of sugarcoating going on. Your friends don’t want to taint your friendship, so they refrain from giving criticism. However, when the feedback is coming from somebody looking at your writing objectively, you know it’s all honest.
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- Probably A Forsaken World. It’s not my best prose by far, and it needs a lot of editing, but it gave me a chance to candidly share my faith in the form of a creative piece. Furthermore, it gave me one of my first opportunities to incorporate poetry into a longer piece (although it remains novella length today).
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- This is a tricky question, because I’m the sort of person who takes criticism personally and shuts down emotionally when I’m bombarded with critiques, no matter how constructive. When this happens, I have to find inspiration to continue. Pinterest is a great website for visual inspiration, but in most cases, it helps just to take a walk and people-watch. Ordinary people are incredibly inspiring. In fact, I once created a minor character based on a girl playing Sudoku next to me on an overnight flight.
What is the last book that you read?
- The last book that I read and finished? I honestly have no idea. I’m terrible at actually finishing books (writing and reading them). I’m in the middle of reading The Odyssey and The Book Thief, and the latter I’m enjoying very much. The last Figment book I read was my friend Bay Lin’s piece The Goblin and the Pea, which you should all go check out, because it’s quite interesting.
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- This is probably going to be a bit confusing, so sorry in advance. Everybody must choose which feedback to utilize. I can’t pretend that I know how to do this even remotely well, but it’s a crucial part of being a writer. You must choose whose opinions you give priority and whose you do not. For instance, if I had the choice to edit a part of my book after being given two different pieces of feedback, one from a professional editor and the other from a teenager I had never had any interactions with, I would choose the former. But if I received feedback from a parent that conflicted with feedback from a close friend, it would be more difficult to choose whose opinion I valued more. All in all, every writer, on Figment especially, should learn to 1) accept feedback in the first place (You’re all here to improve, right?) and 2) train themselves to know which advice to accept.
Congratulations again, Rebekah and thank you for sharing talent, inspiration and advice with us! Be sure to check out some of her work below.
Congratulations again, Rebekah!
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– The Figment Team