Happy Birthday, David Nicholls, born 30 November 1966
- I identified with Pip from Great Expectations, especially when I was younger; I had the same kind of gaucheness and uncertainty.
- I think I became a writer because I used to write letters to my friends, and I used to love writing them. I loved the idea that you can put marks on a page and send it off, and two days later, someone laughs somewhere else in the world.
- I usually write on a computer - unless I get stuck, at which point I switch to write by hand. I think that’s common among writers if they get cornered on something.
- Read a book at the right age and it will stay with you for life.
- For the best part of my childhood I visited the local library three or four times a week, hunching in the stacks on a foam rubber stool and devouring children’s fiction, classics, salacious thrillers, horror and sci-fi, books about cinema and origami and natural history, to the point where my parents encouraged me to read a little less.
- A screenplay is really an instruction manual, and it can be interpreted in any number of ways. The casting, the choice of location, the costumes and make-up, the actors’ reading of a line or emphasis of a word, the choice of lens and the pace of the cutting - these are all part of the translation.
- 'Just kidding’ was exactly what people wrote when they meant every word.
Nicholls is an English novelist and screenwriter. His novels include The Understudy and One Day.
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