Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring Linda D.! Check out five of her stories along with her interview questions below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- Ever since I joined Figment I felt as if I have grown as a writer. My fellow Figgies encourage me and offer critiques as well as edits in a giving spirit, and I try a give to other writers what those Figgies have given to me. No matter our ethnic background, age, gender, or where we live in the world, we can all connect through our mutual love of writing. We all think in “showing and not telling”, descriptive imagery, character development, and talk about avoiding plot holes. We babble in terms only writers understand, and when we gush over a phrasing of a sentence to evoke a feeling or image, other Figgies share that feeling. So different from the non-writing world, who don’t understand our passion at all.
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- That’s a tough one. But the one I had the most fun writing definitely has to be “If the Shoe Fits.” That book exploded out of me in 28 days. The more I got into the story, the sillier more twisted it became. It is a completely absurd re-telling of Cinderella, solely written tongue-in-cheek with all the plot holes in the original in mind – like glass shoes – when you think about it, who could really walk in those podiatric prisons?
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- I find inspiration from all around me; funny events that I hear about; a quirky scene in a movie; casual conversations; a book, and thinking “what if this happened” instead of how it was written. I love using children’s use of wrong, big words and incorporating it into my story. If I can find an amusing human foible, I’m going to tuck it away for later and find how to write it into one of my stories somehow. The inspirations keep coming, as I always find something to laugh about.
What is the last book that you read?
- Lately, I’ve been re-reading all of my beloved L.M. Montgomery collection. Her imagery and character deepening is superb. And her prolific amount of stories is inspiring.
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- Enjoy and relish all the encouraging comments on your story, but don’t disregard the well-meaning criticism, especially if you can see they have taken the time to truly read your work and point out its flaws. Fixing my mistakes that Figgies pointed out has helped me improve and grow as a writer. Make the Thesaurus your best friend. Try and weed out all those sluggish “was/were” verbs that slow down a story. But most of all have FUN writing, because it’s why we write in the first place.
Congratulations again and thank you for sharing your talent, inspiration and advice with us! Be sure to check out some of her work below.
Let us know who you think should be our next Featured Fig!
– The Figment Team