Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring Elias Meade! Check out five of her stories along with her interview answers below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- I love that Figment is really centered around the writers. It’s focused on boosting their confidence and helping them become better at their craft; I don’t think I’ve ever not felt included in the community here. Despite being far away from many of the people I know on here, I still feel close to them, especially the people I’m in groups with. That was really how I got started on this site! I’ve definitely met some amazing people along the way.
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- My favorite story that I’ve shared on this site would have to be “a little story.” It’s just a short serial I update from time to time, but it is the piece that helps me through the difficult times in my life. Not only is it cute, quirky, and fun, but it’s actually a metaphor for my own life pertaining to my current situation of being in a long distance relationship. It helps me deal with him being away and me having to be an adult. The little girl in the story is a projection of my personal, more childish feelings, and Mookah is a projection of the adult part of me.
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- For me, writing is as natural as breathing–and if I’m not writing regularly, I feel like I’m going to explode! I’m not going to lie, inspiration doesn’t always show up for me, but even if it doesn’t I force myself to write at least a little bit and that usually gets the ideas flowing. If I’m ever really stuck, I take a look at various writing prompts, and that helps, too. All that said, sometimes taking a step back and taking a day to just walk around in nature can help as well.
What is the last book that you read?
- I’m currently reading the Dune series, and I’m in the first chapter of The Butlerian Jihad! I realized that I’d never actually read any science fiction novels, and being that I have begun writing some sci-fi pieces I figured that I needed to take a few notes from some of the best.
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- There was once a three year time period from my sophomore to my senior year in high school where almost nothing would come out of me, writing-wise. If you ever find yourself in a rut that deep, take a step back and turn to another creative outlet until you feel like you can write again. Whenever I’m in too sour a mood to write, I paint. I may or may not actually be good at it, but that’s beside the point. The important part is that I get the negativity out of me and create something in the process. And for my final piece of advice: when noveling, detailed chapter outlines and research are your best friends. I have found that they are the best way to combat writers block, and also to test out if your idea is enough to fill a full novel, a novella, or just a short story.
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– The Figment Team