A post and a letter all amateur writers MUST read. This is from my friend Andrew’s blog – Tell Better Stories.
An author I know sent me an email that said only this: “I’m glad F. Scott Fitzgerald isn’t reading my book.” He includedthis link.
It’s a letter written by the famous novelist to an aspiring writer. Fitzgerald pulls no punches in his critique of her work. It’s a pretty sound criticism. If I’d received a letter like this from a noted novelist today I’d undoubtedly be crushed. Here’s an excerpt from the body of the letter:
I’ve read the story carefully and, Frances, I’m afraid the price for doing professional work is a good deal higher than you are prepared to pay at present. You’ve got to sell your heart, your strongest reactions, not the little minor things that only touch you lightly, the little experiences that you might tell at dinner. This is especially true when you begin to write, when you have not yet…
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