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Posted by Ethan DormanE. Followwill

November 23rd 2009

Dear Mr. Nicholson, I totally understand - I figured as much based solely on the number of comments you receive. Since meeting you isn't an option for now, what should I look for when I do read screenplays or watch films? I have watched Gladiator easily 200+ times and have transcribed a great deal of the film so as to study the story progression and character development. I once heard a writer say that the only way to get good at writing is to sit down and do it. To be honest though, everything I've written seems to betray the 'finished product' picture in my head. Any tips in terms of how to truly pick up the skills as a film writer? A story is like a fresh set of piano keys - the music can flow in any direction and do whatever you want it to do...but very few pieces stand out from the crowd. Any advice? All the best -->

William Nicholson responded:

There are many different answers to your questions. I personally think the heart of a successful film is emotion, and emotion is delivered by character. I'd advise you to look at how a good movie gets you to care about the main character, and to identify with that character's goals. Too many screenwriters think that pure plot does the job, or possibly pure special effects. But get the audience rooting for your hero and you're home.

Posted by andy terry

November 22nd 2009

The Noble Worrior trilogy is absolutely my favorite series ever. i've never read such amazing books and i just wanted to let you know how much i liked them. And do you think there is any chance these books could be put on the big screen? i would love to see Seeker, Morning Star, and Wildman in the theatre.

William Nicholson responded:

I did have a go at getting them made into movies, but the studio lost its nerve - either that or I did a rubbish job on the screenplay. Anyway, for now it looks as if that's not going to happen, alas. You'll have to make the movie in your head. But I'm really pleased you like the trilogy - most of my readers don't seem to get to it.

Posted by tyler Martignetti

November 21st 2009

please make wind singer into a movie im your biggest fan! p.s. if so could i maybe be bowman??

William Nicholson responded:

I would if I had a spare hundred million dollars. As it is, I have to wait for someone who has.

Posted by Kieron

November 20th 2009

Dear Mr Nicholson, My amateur dramatics group has recently performed Katherine Howard. We really enjoyed doing it, and our audiences liked it too. I just wanted to thank you for such a challenging, funny and moving script. Thanks again, we'll be looking at more of your work in future! Kieron

William Nicholson responded:

I'm delighted to hear that Katherine Howard has a continuing life. It's almost the least-performed of my plays, but I love it. Thank you for letting me know.

Posted by Layla

November 18th 2009

Hello, I absolutely love writing, but I'm never able to get any where with writing a book. I manage to plan it but I just cant start it off as I'm rubbish at beginnings. Can you give me any tips. And also, when you wrote you very first book, how did you get it published? Thanks Layla

William Nicholson responded:

If you have a plan, then start anywhere - tell yourself the beginning's rubbish but it doesn't matter - because you'll come back to it later and sort it out. That's the bliss of writing. A lot of the real work happens in re-writing. So don't worry about the beginning, just get going. Start in the middle, if necessary. When you're telling friends about your story, where do you start? Start there. As for getting published, your best route is via an agent. Not easy to get an agent, your book has to be great, but your book may well be great. And if you fail to get it published, it's still terrific experience, and will make you a better writer. Plus writing's a joy all by and in itself, isn't it?

Posted by Jonathan Greenfield

November 18th 2009

I've been trying to make a book for three years but I don't know what to write. It's suppose to be about a skeleton that haunts the world. Could you lend me some ideas, please? Thanks!

William Nicholson responded:

This isn't how book writing works. If you really don't have anything to write, then don't write; do something else. The urge to write comes from a strong compulsion to tell a particular story, or communicate a particular feeling or idea. It's true that even with such a compulsion, it can get difficult; but there has to be something there to start with. Forget the skeleton. Write about something you feel strongly about. Maybe write about staring at this stupid skeleton and not being able to make a story work...