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Posted by dorian williams

January 26th 2011

I don't have a question - I have just finished your book, The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life, and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the book. The characters came to life, particularly Henry and the Vicar. I look forward to reading the new book, which I see from your website has been published.5

William Nicholson responded:

I'm also in the final throes of a third book set in the same world, which is called The Golden Hour, and I hope will be out (in hardback) at the end of this year. Let me know, if you manage to read beyond the first book, what you think.

Posted by Michelle G.

January 17th 2011

Hi, I am a huge fan of your movie Firelight. I was wondering if your screenplay was an adaptation of a book. If so, I would very much love to know the title so I may read it

William Nicholson responded:

No, it's an original story made up by me. Great that you like it.

Posted by Mark McD

January 13th 2011

Dear William: I love the films made from your writing. Shadowlands remains in my top five movies of all time, and neither time nor repeated viewing lessens its impact for me. I am a beginning/unproduced screenwriter, currently working on my first proper writing assignment - an adaptation of a memoir. My question is a two-part one. A) How do you write compelling characters based on real life living persons, and B) how do you write dialogue that is believable, or at least feels authentic? Thanks!

William Nicholson responded:

Characters based on real people are still characters in a drama, and will only come to life if they have something of you in them; so it's a matter of finding the overlap between your own experience and theirs. In Shadowlands, I shared (at the time) Lewis's fear of commitment, and used that. As for dialogue, you really need to train your ear. The more you write the better you get. As you write you have to be that person, then they will speak as a person and not as a cog in a plot. The more you do the better you get. Best of luck.

Posted by melinda pearce

January 11th 2011

how old is Kestrel in the Wind Singer ?

William Nicholson responded:

Ten years old.

Posted by Sean Cooke

January 9th 2011

Just want to say thank you for your advice before. I sucked it up and dove head first into a first draft. But I soon discovered that the piece, while I really feel it has potential, is not yet ready to be written. There's a lot more character and world building to be done. I was lost for a few days, wondering if writing was worth the bother. Then after a few days of despair, my mind drifted back to an old project. I had written the first 8 chapters of this project before and suddenly stopped, knowing it just wasn't working. But now that I've gone back to it, my mind started piecing everything together. My characters weren't real enough, an entire system had to be chopped, the plot was a lot deeper than I had imagined. So I thought "damn the consequences" and once again, jumped in. I know it's my own writing, I know it will still have tonnes of work to be done, but I'm helplessly in love with it. So thank you, William, you have saved me from ruining one novel and you've revitalized another!

William Nicholson responded:

It's a tough game, this writing. All the best with it.

Posted by Hetty

January 7th 2011

Sorry i also have one more question. In the wind singer, are kestrel and the other characters animals?

William Nicholson responded:

No, they're people. But I love the idea that they could be animals. If so, what animals are they?