Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring Crimson613! Check out five of her stories along with her interview questions below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- One of the things I really enjoy is the community. Ever since I’ve come back from my writing hiatus everyone has been really supportive and has given me great feedback! They challenge me to improve and to get out of my comfort zone.
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- Right now my favorite would probably be Be Careful What You Wish For because it’s one of the few stories I’ve rewritten and developed the most, however, I just posted some poems that I’m having a lot of fun making! They’re created on the spot and with prompts I receive from people.
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- I try to find inspiration everywhere – while walking to class, while shelving books (I work at a library), listening to music, doing chores, conversations I here, etc! If I can’t think of anything then I’ll look through some prompts online and I let myself think about them. Sooner or later I’ll jot some ideas down.
What is the last book that you read?
- Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman, an epic book about a father who goes down the street to buy some milk for his kids but ends up being abducted by aliens, time traveling, and finally saving this world from alien invasion. For children and adults, this book is a wonderful read with amazing drawings done by Skottie Young.
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- Don’t stop writing and write as much as you can. It can be a simple sentence or something a bit more complex. Don’t be afraid of receiving criticism and remember those are just suggestions. Ask questions, interact with other writers, challenge yourself, and have fun while writing. If you’re forcing the story, chances are someone will notice. [You know the drill, people always say this, and surprisingly, it’s true.] And so I leave you with this funny quote from AVI’s book A Beginning, a Muddle, and an End: “Write what you know. So if you know what you haven’t done, write about that. What if you don’t know what you’ve not done? Then write about what you don’t know. Is there a third rule? Write about what you don’t know as if you did know about it. The fourth rule? Make sure that when you’re writing about what you don’t know as if you did know, you conceal the fact that you don’t know what you’re doing. I suppose there’s a fifth rule. Sure. Always leave your readers guessing. I don’t understand. It depends on what kind of writer you intend to be. A writer who attracts readers. Then for heaven’s sake, don’t write writing. WRITE READING!”
Congratulations again and thank you for sharing your talent, inspiration and advice with us! Be sure to check out some of her work below.
Congratulations again, Crimson!
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– The Figment Team