How to write an award-winning bestselling first novel | Nathan Filer | TEDxYouth@Bath

Thursday, June 13, 2019

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Or at least be happier whilst trying!
This is Nathan’s guide to novel writing in 7 easy (ish!) steps.

Nathan won the Costa Book Prize in 2013 with his debut novel, The Shock Of The Fall. It has been translated into 27 languages. Nathan worked part time as a mental health nurse in Bristol and his book’s narrator is a 19 year old boy with schizophrenia. He graduated from Bath Spa University in 2010 with an MA in Creative Writing and is now a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University.

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  1. T L says:

    I'm digging it.

  2. Mohammed Fazil says:

    Kinda sad, the way he said talking worm with contempt shows he didn't believe in his own idea. Guess which book had a talking worm, Alice in Wonderland and that was a hit.

  3. Cycle 206 says:

    What I'm really tired of hearing is how to market your book, how to write it so that it'll sell, how to handle rejection from publishers. If you want to write something meaningful, don't let your writing become poisoned by money. Just write the damn book. If nobody buys it, it's not a failure, any good writing has value of its own. It's only a failure if nobody else wants to read it, maybe.

  4. Karen Lilley says:

    This guy is hysterical. Love him!

  5. Dreaded88 says:

    "…Fiction Writing is a very noble occupation. But do it alone, and make sure you wash your hands afterwards!…" -Robert A. Heinlein

  6. Heather and Maria Watkins says:

    J. K. Rowling got rejected countless times before she got published.

    She had a hard life and a busy schedule.

    Now she is one of the most successful authors in the world.

    Never give up.

  7. owleyes71 says:

    JK Rowling couldn't get published at first either – she was denied 12 times. Now look at the Harry Potter fanbase…it's huge, and even years after the final book is written and even the movies were done Harry Potter merchandise is still popular.

  8. **** America says:

    Thank you. This was helpful

  9. MIU a says:

    Ya hicieron el speech perritas?

  10. MrShanester117 says:

    I’m at 40’000 words on my novel right now. I’m so excited it’s ridiculous

  11. Tejus Wadbudhe says:

    Thank You

  12. Nelson Club says:

    It was on a rainy day….. Im in

  13. James Daniels says:

    He's got that Tintin hair

  14. Batool says:

    he's very awkward and cute

  15. Christine Caronna Beard says:

    Nathan, you are a jewel and a sweetheart- all my best to you in 2019. Now, I’m going to go look up your book.

  16. Poop Brain says:

    Too fluffy

  17. Kindle Fire says:

    Write now

  18. Joshua Smith says:

    He reminds me of chandler from friends, like if you agree

  19. Jasmine Zheng says:


  20. Martyna Kalita says:

    3:12 me when I'm talking with my crush

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