Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring E. Anderson! Check out five of their stories along with their interview answers below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- Hmm. I think for this I’d have to say the people. It’s great to be surrounded by such a spectacular group of writers, and they are the ones who have created a second home for me here on Figment. I love the feedback I get on my pieces, and I love giving feedback as well. I can’t count the number of stories and poems I’ve read so far and thought, “Wow, I wish I could write like that.” I draw inspiration from my fellow authors as well, and I like asking for opinions on titles, character names, and plot twists. Without these people, these friends, my writings wouldn’t be half as much as they are now.
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- Though I’d love to say it’s Puppets and Pinwheels, my developing novel, it’s not. My favorite piece that I’ve shared here on Figment is Evanescence, one of my first attempts at a short story. I feel like it really set the stage for all the imagery I’ve started using in my poems and books. For some, it may seem a bit dark or a bit lacking plot-wise, but I like to think there’s many facets to the theme and I don’t think I need every plot element to describe what I was feeling when I wrote it.
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- The inspiration to write is in me and my emotions. I write based on what I feel, which is why I write both darker and lighter pieces. I’ve discovered, though, that sometimes the bad days offer up even more inspiration the good. Not to say that bad days are good, but in a way there’s more emotion provoked in one drop of anger and frustration and confusion than in two drops of pure joy. If that makes any sense.
What is the last book that you read?
- I don’t know if re-reading counts, but the last book I read was Winter, Book Four of The Lunar Chronicles. It is one of my absolute FAVORITE series, probably because of the balance in romance, humor, sci-fi, and fantasy that it presents. Marissa Meyer is a stellar author, and the effort she puts into her work really does pay off. I highly recommend this series for anyone who hasn’t read it.
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- Always, always, always make sure you take care of yourself. I may sound motherly and you may be wondering what it has to do with writing, but making sure you’re healthy and happy is definitely Priority No. 1. Part of this statement means maintaining physical balance and keeping yourself fit and active. Sure, writing takes up a lot of time, but sleep and exercise will help you write even more in the long run. These things can also help you stay motivated. The second part is treating yourself. When you think it’s time to take a break, don’t hesitate to do so. If you need to reward yourself with some Starbucks or whatever else equals happiness for you, go right ahead. You’re not a bad writer if you aren’t at your computer (or with your pen and paper) all the time.
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