I’ve got another one for you. This one was given by Nathan Filer, successful published author, at TEDxYouth@Bath.

He recounts this from his experience at an office, where he held a job which wasn’t all that he liked. He decided to write a novel.

He shared wisdom with us which I want to share with you!

Nathan gave some very good points about being happier when trying to write a bestselling novel. These were the following:

1. Have specific goals.

Not specific = too easy to convince ourselves we’re getting there when we’re not. They can also be not so clear when we’ve achieved them, not knowing how to savor them. “I want to be a writer” can be changed into “I want to write something today.”

2. Make sure your goals are achievable.

Set tougher goals after first goals. This week I’ll finish chapter four e.g. We set ourselves unachievable goals and we’re sad when we don’t achieve them. Nathan set himself achievable goals. “Don’t matter if I write 10 words, I have to sit behind my computer.”

3. Be prepared to fail.

Obvious, but we can all do with a reminder from time to time. It’s important to see failures along the way as setbacks, but they’re not the end. Every writer has come upon a failure. Novel not being any good is not the same as you not being any good. If it doesn’t work out, why not try writing another one.

4. Base your affirmations on fact.

Good is good. You need pep talks sometimes, can be a long time before we hear praise from someone else. Base the praise on facts. Pretty long way to fail when someone tells you are an amazing storyteller.

5. Be flexible in how you get there.

What matters is your specific goal, not how you get there. Things unplanned. When we share our work to lots of people, you might be baffled by lots of critique.

6. Take responsibility.

If your novel gets published, it is your book. It has your name on it. If one person says a scene doesn’t work; your opinion counts too. When ten people say it, you should revisit it.

7. Focus on what you control.

One way into publishing is getting a literary agent. Whether the agent chooses to represent you, is not in your control. If you do get an agent, you don’t control whether the novel will be published. You don’t control how many people will buy it, how buyers will receive it, etc. etc.

Don’t think about writing a bestseller, but about what you control.


Alright, these were the points Nathan shared during his talk. I think they’re rather important as well and we tend to forget them when aiming for success. What do you think of these points? Is Nathan right? Let me know in the comments!

And as always; have a jolly day!

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