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Posted by Tori

October 23rd 2013

Hi Mr. Nicholson, This is not a question -- it's just a thank you for your brilliant speech that's on the BAFTA guru website. I love that you said not to go to Hollywood. And, more than that, thank you for the insight as to keeping writing even when you don't want to. I needed to hear that today. So, thank you SO much! I've got my head back on track! Tori

William Nicholson responded:

I wish I was always able to take my own advice.

Posted by carl a veno

October 22nd 2013

I was born in the same hospital as Louis Zamperini and I also lived in Olean, New York birth place of Mr. Zamperini. I am a screenwriter and a researcher. I would like to contribute some information to the movie "UNbroken". as I know people who knew the family. I am not looking for a full time job.I would to contribute information you can add to the script.

William Nicholson responded:

The project is now in production, I'm afraid. It's too late for me to add to the screenplay. My part in the process is done, and I no longer have contact with the film makers.

Posted by Dalton

October 20th 2013

Are there any plans to release a Kindle version of the Wind Singer Trilogy? I have them in hardback but I do a lot of traveling and would like to be able to read them on the go.

William Nicholson responded:

I believe there is just now an ebook version of the Wind Singer been made available. I haven't tested this, but so my publisher tells me. The other books in the trilogy haven't yet been ebooked, I think.

Posted by Simon

October 14th 2013

Hello Mr. Nicholson, I enjoyed a lecture by you a few years ago at BAFTA, (Julian Fellowes was also talking that night). Remembering that I looked you up online recently and found this site. Hooray! I wonder whether you plot your novels tightly before beginning writing, or do you have a vague Idea of where you want to go with the plot, but lots of interesting situations and characters in your head and let the plot evolve in a more free wheeling manner? I write myself and I'm very interested in how other writers approach this. Thank you. Simon.

William Nicholson responded:

I don't plot tightly, but I do plot before I start. I have a pretty clear notion of where I'm going, but you're right to suggest that characters take me to new places as the book rolls along. Then I have to go back and stitch in preliminary material to make the new stuff belong in the whole. I find it's a constant process of moving from macro to micro and back again. I maintain an ongoing summary of what I've written as I work, so that I can hold the whole book in my head at every point. Structure is crucial - but even more crucial is credible characters. As soon as the characters start doing things because your plot requires them to do it, you're sunk. Best of luck with your own work.

Posted by Luke Chelius

September 26th 2013

I just read your book The Wind Singer. I have to do a report on it for my 5th grade language arts class. I was wondering if there were any pictures of the The Wind Singer structure. Any help would be appreciated!

William Nicholson responded:

No, there are only pictures created by readers in their own way. So the good news is you're free to imagine it as you like.

Posted by Mike

September 24th 2013

Dear Mr Nicholson, I've been a fan since Shadowlands and The Retreat from Moscow (Eileen Atkins was heartbreaking and magnificent). I'm writing to congratulate you on Motherland, which is beautifully done. I especially enjoyed the Dieppe chapter (put together like a Swiss watch) and the moving ending. At the risk of naming someone you don't care for, I am reminded sometimes of P.H. Newby or J.B. Priestley when I read your clear, flowing prose. Did you ever meet or take an interest in either of these writers? Anyhow, from Florida, thanks for all the good work.

William Nicholson responded:

It's a long time since I've read JBPriestley or Newby, but the comparison honours me. And I get a frisson from thinking of you reading my work in Florida. My next-but-one novel (the next one, out next year, is called 'Reckless'), 'Triangle Street', ends up in Coconut Grove, Florida, for reasons too complicated to explain.