How old were you when you started writing? When did you start?
Mm, no idea. Sorry.
What was your first story, could we read it?
I wrote a little illustrated series called "Bunny Fetch Cook" as a kid - something to do with a family of bunnies constantly evading capture (title says it all!). Obviously, the details are a little fuzzy, but I somehow remember all the characters' names ending with "-unny." Beginning with Sunny and Honey and getting as weird as Flowerunny or something like that.
That was probably also the start of a certain morbid streak, too.
What are you working on right now?
I'm working on a novel-length piece called Takane no Hana (Jap. "unreachable flower on a high peak"); a futuristic and political sort of story. It was originally a 4-person collab, but I hijacked it after nearly everyone else went inactive. The earlier half is pretty bad, but there's a decent base for the plot, and I've really fallen in love with the characters.
I'm also writing a short and somewhat sappy comic called Rivernotes, and several other short stories. My Protagonize solo - Paper Cities - has been dead since last year, but I plan to rework and start writing it again.
Where do you get inspiration?
I'm usually inspired by designing characters - I might start with a personality trait or something, and just play around until I have someone so well-developed that I can build the world around him/her. I also draw and make comics a lot; so a lot of my inspiration is visual - an unusual doodle or interesting looking character sometimes spins off another world.
And history books, otherwise the epitome of dullness (no, I love history). Historians all have very subjective and biased - well, personal - descriptions of how the world works, but those biases make awesome themes in writing. Specific, somewhat controversial themes inspire much more quickly than "universal ideas."
Sometimes, I ask for prompts, but I'm not too good at the "interpret it in your own way" kind of thing.
When is your favourite time to write?
In History class (simultaneously taking notes, of course), or really, any class. A lot of people make interesting turns of phrase without realizing it, and I like borrowing that kind of style in my narratives. I also have problems with dialogue and making all the characters speak differently, so listening is helpful.
Historical "characters" and anecdotes also seep insidiously into my work.
Do you prefer collaborative works or solo, do you like both?
Well, it depends on who I'm writing with. There are people who touch and surprise me at every turn and keep me working so hard to catch up. And then there those who shove in random fluff and cliché
Still, I collaborate with pretty much anyone I can find - I have trouble motivating myself to finish a solo work.
I consider long-run plot and general character outlines to be my strong points - please don't look to my Protagonize works for that, at least not right now - but dislike my actual writing technique. It's nice to work with someone who can balance that out.
How did you find Protagonize, are you on any other popular writing sites (Booksie, smashwords, wattpad ect.)
I found it off one of those sidebar ads on Facebook, actually. I used to have a FictionPress account, too, but I'd rather you not see it.
Anything else that you would like to share about yourself or your writing?
Hm. Just as I answered the first question, no, sorry.