Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring Aubrey Campbell! Check out five of her stories along with her interview questions below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- I love the feedback in the community. You really get what you put into it. The more you critique and read the work of other people, the more feedback you receive on your own pieces. We’re all writers looking to get noticed for our work in the writing world but we’re still willing to help each other and that’s awesome. It’s also helped me to be more comfortable sharing my work. When I first started writing, I would get so nervous at the thought that someone else would see what I’d created. Now, I have to hold myself back until the project is finished because I’m so excited to share.
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- Choosing just one story as a favorite is like choosing your favorite child!…Secretly, everybody has one even though they don’t admit it. So I’d have to go with “The Toy Maker.” It was the first piece that I used my own personal nightmares and fears to work from and it was the first piece that I’ve had officially published. It’s been a huge mile marker on my writing adventures and even though it might be cliche and have some newbie mistakes, it will always hold a special significance for me.
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- I find inspiration everywhere – books, movies, music (especially music, I love music), people walking down the street. But it’s not like, BOOM! Entire new story idea! That rarely happens. It’s more like little scenes here and there or flashes of an idea, not necessarily complete. Whatever comes to mind gets scribbled in notebooks and whether it makes sense or not, I still keep it. I get so excited for those little flashes of ideas though and they continue to simmer in my mind until they get tucked into stories.
People watching and music are my favorite ways to find inspiration. People watching provides hours of both inspiration and entertainment and, in my opinion anyway, it’s the best way to learn how to create realistic characters when you draw directly from real life. For music, specifically instrumental like Two Steps from Hell and anything by Hans Zimmer, it brings a whole new depth to my stories. It acts as a soundtrack for the scenes that play out in my head, kind of like a private movie theater, and adds twice as much detail and emotional impact that I can work from as I write.
And if I’m being honest, I spend way too much time on Pinterest because it’s full of gold in the inspiration department.
What is the last book that you read?
- The last book I read was “Life in Outer Space” by Melissa Keil. It was a cute read filled with pop culture references and the frustrations and awkwardness of first love. I’m trying to learn how to write those real-life moments a little better and it definitely gave me some ideas.
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- Never stop writing. Never. Even if you get so unbelievably frustrated with your work and you hate everything that you write, write anyway. Every author says it: the more you write, the more you learn. I didn’t believe it for the longest time but with every project I finish, I see improvement and realize they weren’t kidding. For every terrible passage you’re 100% positive deserves nothing but the trash bin, there are good parts in there too, a description, a phrase, a plot twist. Use the desire to do better to fuel you but don’t let it sabotage you either. Above all, write for you and find a way back to your love of writing that got you started in the first place. Even if that means you don’t show anyone anything you’ve written for a long time, just learn to fall in love with the words on the page every single day, over and over. You’re capturing characters, ideas and entire worlds on pale, thin pages and if that’s not magical, I don’t know what is. Always find a way to fall in love with that magic.
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, Aubrey!
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– The Figment Team