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Posted by Jane

April 8th 2010

Hello Mr. Nicholson, first of all, congratulations for your work! I've come to suggest you a screenplay. I think would be great to see a movie about 'Catherine, The Great' about the Catherine of Russia, I think you have the right skills to give this story the right impact. Maybe with Keira Knighley on main part. It's a beatiful story that deservers to become a movie. All the best!

William Nicholson responded:

I agree - she's a fascinating character. I am very busy with other projects for now, but who knows? A lot depends on the producers who commission screenplays.

Posted by Iman Abbasi

April 7th 2010

Hi Mr. Nicholson, I'm a student of English literature and very fond of writing a screenplay. So I thought maybe you could help me suggesting some tips of where and how to start. Thanks

William Nicholson responded:

Watch films carefully to see how they work. Get yourself a story that really compels you. Write down how it would unfold on screen. That creates your first draft. Show it to others, get comments, rewrite. Basically that's the process. The problems begin when you try to get someone to take an interest in it - but if it's amazing, it can happen. I use a programme called Final Draft to present screenplays on the page, but it may be too expensive at this stage.

Posted by Tom Lewis

April 7th 2010

Bit of a random question but anyway: Im currently studying for my GCSEs and want to become an author when im older. I have written two or three 'books' of my own but was wondering how you would actually start off a career as an author?

William Nicholson responded:

You've already started your career as a writer. Now what you have to do is keep on writing, and get as good as you can. When you have a book that you and others are really excited about, send it to an agent or a publisher and pray they like it too. But in the mean time, go on writing - it's worth it even while you're not being published. You're improving all the time, and I hope you're getting the amazing buzz that writing brings.

Posted by iara

April 6th 2010

hola de nuevo, me preguntaba si usted ha pensado realizar algún beneficio para Chile, el pequeños país en el que vivo, que recientemente fue anotado por un mega terremoto, tal ves, solo con su presencia, quizás firmar libros o jornadas de lectura, seria maravilloso que los escritores vinieran, dan magia y esperanza a sus fanáticos.

William Nicholson responded:

Sorry - you'll have to try me in English.

Posted by Elizabeth Nichols

April 6th 2010

Dear William, I am at university and in the process of writing about ideology in children's literature with reference to The Wind on Fire trilogy. I was curious if you yourself felt the books to be ideological in any way? And if not then why not? Many thanks, Elizabeth

William Nicholson responded:

Big question. Yes, I think they are ideological, but I'm reluctant to provide a simplified key to my ideas; part of the process of creating imagined stories is that I don't have to issue commandments and creeds. Very briefly, all my books share a sense I have that there is no real evil in the world, only the acts of people made bad by their experiences. Fear creates cruelty, cruelty creates hatred, hatred induces fear, and so on. Not much for you, but a clue if you want to trace it through my writing.

Posted by david

April 6th 2010

Hi William, Because of the thrice answered Anthony and his forthcoming audition I have had the pleasure of rereading "Katherine Howard" a couple of times recently. I now find it had a few resonances for me as I trained at Bishop Otter College and spent many happy hours at the then new theatre at Chichester albeit in the 60s. Whether I do end up attempting to fill Henry's Shoes I just wanted to say thanks for the opportunity to read the complexity and poetry you have added to the "bluff" King that generally has been portrayed to date.

William Nicholson responded:

I appreciate that.