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12 Quotes on Writing by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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F. Scott Fitzgerald was an American novelist, essayist and short story writer. During his career, he published four novels, four collections of short fiction and 164 short stories. His most well-known works include The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night.

F. Scott Fitzgerald on Writing

“Work like hell! I had 122 rejection slips before I sold a story.”
“I don't want just words. If that's all you have for me, you'd better go.”
“What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story.”
“Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.”
“Great books write themselves, only bad books have to be written.”
“Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy.”
“The reason one writes isn't the fact he wants to say something. He writes because he has something to say.”
“Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story.”
“Often I think writing is a sheer paring away of oneself leaving always something thinner, barer, more meagre.”
“The history of my life is the history of the struggle between an overwhelming urge to write and a combination of circumstances bent on keeping me from it.”
“Every author ought to write every book as if he were going to be beheaded the day he finished it.”
“All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.”
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