Name: Charlotte (also go by Charley)
How old were you when you started writing? When did you start? I guess I was quite a late starter, most people talk about times like when they first began to pick up a pen and that but when I as that age I was more focused on what was happening outside in the park than what was going on in my head. I never really fully considered writing to any degree until I was about fifteen when I wrote something in a lesson and thought ‘yeah, that’s quite good.’ My biggest inspiration has to have been when my classmates voted me ‘most likely to become a writer’ in the yearbook. That’s when I really began to string ideas into some sort of structure.
What was your first story, could we read it? My first story was written in year seven when I was eleven which sort of goes back on everything I have just said. We were told to write a short horror for our old school which should have been one or two pages long, I got a little too enthusiastic about a group of friends on a hunt to rescue their friend and six pages later it reached their dramatic but happy ending. I knew then that I enjoyed writing; I just didn’t really do anything with it. As for can you read it, I suppose it could still be found at my old junior school or in the box my mother keeps of all my old school books but you'd have to really want to read it to attempt to look for it!
What are you working on right now? Right now I am working on two solo works and a collaboration that needs to be started up again! My first is about a girl who loses her family in a Tsunami and I want to deal with a concept within it of being the one who lives and the burden that has on a person. The second is that of someone dealing with being a lesbian, a little challenge for myself being heterosexual and all its glory. As you’d be able to see I’m not good at keeping stories on and never seem to get far without giving up and deleting them but I’m going to try my hardest to stop that.
Where do you get inspiration? My biggest inspiration is myself I suppose. I know it sounds quite bad and that but my mind kind of creates scenarios in my head of things and how I’d behave and how someone else would behave and what it would like to be someone else or to be in different circumstance. I’m quite an emotional person so there are a lot of stories no matter what the format they are told in which move me to tears and I sometimes write poetry based on them. At this moment in time, however, I am not writing poems through personal reasons and have destroyed the others that I have written.
When is your favourite time to write? My favourite time to write is when I’m inspired to. I’ve woken up at three in the morning before and almost instantly started writing. Time of day doesn’t really come into it! If I want to write I will write, if I don’t want to write I won’t. I have quite a lot of personal things such as suffering from SAD and Alexithymia and these tend to dramatically impact what I write, how I feel about what I’ve written and all sorts of other things.
Do you prefer collaborative works or Solo, do you like both? I prefer solo works because it makes me feel more in control and not under any obligations however I’ve never done much collaborating so who knows, if I stick with this profile and the works on here I may change my mind. Let me know if you are up for some and we can see how things go.
How did you find Protagonize, are you on any other popular writing sites (Booksie, smashwords, wattpad ect.)? Protagonize is the only writing site I used and I stumbled across it quite a few years ago now through the God that is Google, I have since had about four profiles because I decide to leave and then come back and I have also introduced it to a friend who has been incredible successful with her use of the sight (ImprintedHeart). I am in a better personal place these days and hoping I can stick with the sight and have some of her success with it.