Writing is hard, even the best writers encounter roadblocks and question the quality of their work. So in 1934 when F. Scott Fitzgerald needed honest feedback, he turned to his old and trustworthy friend, Ernest Hemingway.
Fitzgerald had just published “Tender is the Night” and wanted Hemingway’s opinion on the book–Hemingway did not hold back and the brutal honesty of his advice remains invaluable for all writers.
The book “Letters of Note” shares Hemingway’s response.
Here are a few fantastic quotes from his letter:
As the letter goes on, Hemingway advice gets even better:
Hemingway may have written this letter over 80 years ago but his advice, just like his books, are remain indispensable.
If you’re interested in reading the full letter or reading about more letters from a wide-range of authors, you can get the book “Letters of Note” here.
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