Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring Garima Gupta! Check out five of her stories along with her interview questions below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- The thing I like most about Figment is that I can just put my work out there. Before joining Figment, I never really shared any of my writing and kept it all to myself. Now, I’ve gained a lot more confidence in my work, and I’m not as afraid to show my writing to other people. Figment has also helped me improve my writing. There are so many nice, talented writers here who give such helpful advice, and I think they’ve helped me grow as a writer.
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- My favorite story that I’ve shared is probably Together We Fall. It’s one of my more recent works. I had so much fun writing it, and by the time I got to the end, even I was surprised. When I look at some of my older pieces, I can see how much my writing has changed over time and hopefully improved. I would love to see this trend continue in the future. I hope that with each new piece of writing, I continue to improve so that maybe one day, it’ll be good enough to publish.
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- Inspiration is everywhere; you just have to find it. Sometimes it’s something that happened to me personally. Other times, it can be something one of my teachers said. The contests on Figment also inspire and motivate me to write. I’ll admit it – I love free books. And the prompts for these contests have sparked some amazing ideas that I hope to turn into a novel one day. History and current events are another great source of inspiration. I think it’s important to know about our history and what’s going on in the world around us. Otherwise, we’ll never stop making the same mistakes, and that’s a theme that’s really inspired me recently. My biggest source of inspiration, however, comes from rereading my favorite books. My absolute favorite books are the Percy Jackson and Olympians series. The books have shaped me as a person, and I can almost always find traces of its influence in my writing.
What is the last book that you read?
- I just finished reading George Orwell’s 1984. It was so good. Dystopian fiction is such a popular genre nowadays, and I think that this book kind of started it all. It’s very well-written. The metaphors and symbolism in the book are beautiful. My favorite part was how Orwell spent the entire story foreshadowing the ending, but it still surprised me. I just refused to believe the inevitable. And it’s ending was unique and different – something I’d never seen done before. I’d recommend this 1984 to everyone. Go read it.
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- Always reread your writing, because you can always find things that you may want to change. Also, don’t be afraid to ask others for their input or advice. I think a fresh perspective is always helpful. Read. Keep reading books. If you find a book you really like, make a mental note of what you liked about to the book, and try to incorporate that into your writing. The same thing goes for a book that you didn’t like. Why didn’t you like it? Make sure to avoid that in your work. Last but not least, try to find an idea that you’re passionate and really excited about it. That way, the motivation is already there, and all you have to do is let the words flow.
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, Garima!
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– The Figment Team