Emotional Investment in Writing

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Emotional Investment in Writing
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Post Written by Jennifer Kiley
Created by the secret keeper
Posted 01.16.13

 F. Scott Fitzgerald 28 years

F. Scott Fitzgerald echoes Anias Nin’s importance of emotional investment in writing and offers honest advice on the essence of great writing: the following are from letters he wrote to two aspiring writers. The first is to a young writer who is a family friend in her Sophomore year at Radcliffe College and the second letter is to his 15 year old daughter who is just entering high school. He does not hold back. That I think would be unkind to give someone a sense of false hope if they do not have it or if they need to work harder to go deeper inside and bleed for their words and the writing of their stories.

November 9, 1938

Dear Frances:

I’ve read the story carefully…

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