Thursday, January 10, 2013

Writing Advice from the Jazz Age

I'm not a big fan of "how to write" books, but Brain Pickings has posted two letters of writing advice from F. Scott Fitzgerald to two aspiring writers - one of whom is his daughter! - that are witty, intelligent, and moving. Money quote:
"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 developed the tricks of interesting people on paper, when you have none of the technique which it takes time to learn. When, in short, you have only your emotions to sell."

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