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

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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Writing With Depression with Michaelbrent Collings

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Many writers struggle with depression, and so it’s important to talk about how to manage creativity alongside mental health issues. I hope you find today’s interview with Michaelbrent Collings useful whether you struggle yourself, or someone you love is affected.

TRIGGER WARNING: There are some darker topics in today’s interview, so if you are not in a place to listen right now, then no worries. Be safe. Michaelbrent Collings is an award-winning, and internationally bestselling horror novelist and screenwriter.

His novel, The Deep, was a finalist in the Bram Stoker Awards. Michaelbrent also suffers from depression, and that’s what we’re talking about today. Show Notes On how depression affects Michael brent Save How those close to someone with depression can help Also, what not to do if you know someone with depression What helps Michael brent cope with his depressive episodes

Using the darkness in writing Tips for writing while dealing with depression On screenwriting and tips for breaking into it Rebranding books with new covers You can find Michaelbrent at and on Twitter @mbcollings You can always find the show notes and links at: