Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring R.E.L.! Check out five of her stories along with her interview answers below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- While I’ve been a member on Figment, I found that I enjoy the feedback readers give me. They’re so diverse and actually help me further my writing. In the past, on other writing websites, I never fully got that experience. On Figment I get more than the “UPDATE!!!!” or “Hurry up on writing the next chapter!!!”, I receive actual help from other Figment members.
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- One of my favorite stories I have written is not posted just yet. It is a coming of age story about a boy who visits his grandparents over the summer. I should be posting it soon once it’s finished. The reason why it is my favorite is because of the characters that are introduced, along with the dialogue shared in between two characters.
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- Inspiration is never easy for me now, when I was a lot younger and a novice writer I found it in everything and everywhere–which is not a bad thing. However it did stunt up my writing ability. Now, when I do find inspiration, I find it in the real world or in other people. As far as writings goes I honestly think that keeping and sticking to one selected work may be one of the few hardest things about the writing process. I find that outlining a novel or short story is the best option for me to keep writing, because it keeps my thoughts organized. Now I’m not saying that’s for everyone, some can write all that they want from the top of their head and that’s fine. But if a writer wants to keep writing and have their story flow nicely and fluidly, an outline is the way to go.
What is the last book that you read?
- Eve: The Awakening by Jenna Moreci
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- For my fellow Figgies, I want you to know that if you want to improve you must let it happen. No story is truly gold through a first draft (or rough draft). I can even admit there is room for improvement for myself. Take reviews and critiques seriously, but don’t just give up there. Go through and reread what you have written, so you can try to point out where there mistakes where located. Another thing I would like to add, is to get inside your characters head along with the over all world of your story. Plenty of times I find stories with a very interesting plot, but lack both world and character development. Know how both your world and your characters work. This will make the writing process so much easier in the long run. And after you have done that part remember to: reread, read out loud, rewrite.
Congratulations again and thank you for sharing your talent, inspiration and advice with us! Be sure to check out some of their work below.
Let us know who you think should be our next Featured Fig!
– The Figment Team