Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring Magdalena Andropov-Thorburn! Check out five of her stories along with her interview answers below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- Figment is a playground compared to other sites I use. I come here to hang out and get lighter feedback in order to prepare myself for the advanced criticism of Scribophile or CeltX. We’re all young adults, so it can be like chilling in a coffee shop. Relaxed and fun.
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- Before I made this account I had one under my actual pen name, Aula Tullius Sulla, which I never retrieved the login for. There’s this unfinished novel called The Navy Girl that I started in 9th grade. It was going to chronicle an internal struggle I faced until late last school year, in the point of view of my “alter ego”, Jane. I feel guilty for giving up on it–I’m actually considering restarting it, although I’ve reached a different phase of my life so it’ll grow into a different creature, one with a lighter soul. I look forward to revamping it. Everyone loved it, and it was the first of my writings that I actually loved. Indeed, I haven’t loved many others. The Navy Girl and I are soul mates.
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- I’ve struggled for a long time. Nowadays, surprisingly, I get more inspiration from music and sitcoms than books. I have record player and lately have been listening to Paradise Theater and American Pie to help me brainstorm my novel, and I’ve recently become infatuated with 90s/00s alternative rock. I watch That 70s Show or Scrubs almost every night. I spent all summer watching Friends–all ten seasons–which is how I came up with Rosebriar Briar. I’ve even started screenwriting a sitcom with the help of a few friends. But I rarely have time to read, and when I do I’m too worried or anxious to sit still. Luckily Netflix is mind-numbing enough to calm me down, so that I can actually write.
What is the last book that you read?
- The last book I read was I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. I got tired of it, but that has more to do with my anxiety than the book itself. I’m too stressed to sit down and read a whole book.
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- After suffering through a two-year dry spell, you better bet I have lots of advice to give!
A. Be as weird, imaginative, and eccentric as you can be. There are plenty of fish in the pond. Some of them may hate you, some of them may love you, but none of them are like you. Being different is the best part. See what you can get away with.
B. Let people inspire you. Anybody. They don’t even have to be a writer. One of the top ten people who inspire me is a musician, and not a very famous one at that. Another one is an actress. Another one is a teacher. No one has ever succeeded without being shown how.
C. Pretend to be a professional. I don’t mean be an arrogant know-it-all, but don’t feel uneasy or afraid before you try something. BE DARING. See what you can get away with. Do whatever feels right to you.
D. Analyze everything for cliches and familiarize yourself with these cliches. That way it’s easier to challenge them and yourself, and become original. No matter what a lot of people say, there IS an infinite amount of stories that must discovered. The only way to discover them is to get rid of all these stupid tropes. So take every one of them, destroy them, and stitch them back together. See what you can get away with.
Congratulations again and thank you for sharing your talent, inspiration and advice with us! Be sure to check out some of their work below.
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– The Figment Team