Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring Lauren Sapp! Check out five of her stories along with her interview questions below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- I love being able to share my work and have it critiqued by others. Also, I love reading what other people are writing about and seeing how different writing styles work depending on the person. There are so many hidden talents! Mainly, Figment allows me to write about whatever I want and the other authors on the site do not judge or ridicule me for it, which is awesome. I love how this community respects what their fellow Figgies have to say.
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- My favorite story that I have shared on Figment would have to be “All My Love, Titanic” because it is my first serious novel. The novel tells the story of Lillie and Robert, two young people who meet upon the ill-fated Titanic. It’s a love story, yes, but I love anything anything everything there is to know about the Titanic and had so much fun researching information to make it for the most part historically accurate. I was so excited to have finally finished the work and although there are plenty if improvements to be made, I still can’t believe I actually wrote something that long. It’s still a bit unreal for me to see that work on my profile page. I guess the thrill of writing never ends.
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- I’m addicted to Pinterest, and a lot of my story ideas actually blossom from pictures I see on that website. Sometimes I’ll be reading a book or watching a movie and I’ll randomly think of a sentence that I can work with. Other times I simply sit down and think, “I’d like to write about (insert topic here), so where do I start?” I like looking back on all I’ve written and seeing how I’ve improved. It’s a great incentive to keep going. Plus, it’s fun to read my own pieces, especially ones I wrote a while ago when I first joined Figment.
What is the last book that you read?
- The last book I read was, “A Thousand Tomorrows.” by Karen Kingsbury. It’s about Ali, a championship horseback rider, and Cody, a professional bull rider, and their developing relationship and all the bumps and tumbles they experience along the way. I love Karen Kingsbury’s work and her books carry a great Christian/faith-based message, and my faith is extremely important to me. This book did not disappoint and I cried at the end. Check out her books-you will be glad you did!
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- Keep writing. Even if you think what you’re writing isn’t good, keep writing. There’s an old saying that says, “practice makes perfect”, and as cliche as that sounds, it’s true. The more you write, the better you become. Even when the ideas aren’t flowing or when writer’s block is the only elephant in the room, never put down the pen.
Congratulations again, Lauren and thank you for sharing your talent, inspiration and advice with us! Be sure to check out some of her work below.
Congratulations again, Lauren!
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– The Figment Team