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GOING PUBLIC 7.20.12
Letter from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Frances Turnbull
...on the "price of admission" for new writers
This came my way via the wonderful Letters of Note (www.lettersofnote.com), although I've since found it plastered all over the web...and no wonder. It's a wonderful and honest bit of advice from a seasoned writer to a budding one.
Fitzgerald's commentary on what is required of new writers, the "price of admission," as he calls it, reminds me very much of Ira Glass's commentary on the the progression of a creative career. Actually, the two pieces complement each other perfectly. What Fitzgerald is really saying is that when you're lacking in the expertise to artfully execute your craft (which you will be at the beginning), you have to give it absolutely everything you've got in place of that expertise.
I couldn't agree more.