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Thursday, 14 July 2016

WRITERS ON WRITING #83: F Scott Fitzgerald


Nobody ever became a writer just by wanting to be one.  If you have anything to say, anything you feel nobody has ever said before, you have got to feel it so desperately that you will find some way to say it that nobody has ever found before, so that the thing you have to say and the way of saying it blend as one matter –– as indissolubly as if they were conceived together… It is an awfully lonesome business, and as you know, I never wanted you to go into it, but if you are going into it at all I want you to go into it knowing the sort of things that took me years to learn.

Letter to Scottie Fitzgerald [his daughter] (20 October 1936)



Click HERE to read more about the life and work of American novelist FRANCIS SCOTT KEY FITZGERALD.  You can also click HERE to read another piece of sound advice he gave to his daughter SCOTTIE, posted on the excellent Wordpress blog Routine Matters.

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WRITERS ON WRITING #2: Willa Cather
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