Forget Your Personal Tragedy

26 Feb

I found this online a while ago and like to go over it for advice and inspiration when I can’t get anything going on the page. A letter from Hemingway to Fitzgerald after F. Scott’s novel Tender Is the Night was first published. I love how blatant and honest Hemingway is with Fitzgerald and how truthful his advice is and how it really applies to all writers.

Writing letters is a lost art form and it seems big papa had it down pat. I recently wrote a letter and couldn’t believe how difficult it was and how out of practice I am. Anyways, I hope she enjoyed it…

Here’s the link to Hemingway’s letter:


3 Responses to “Forget Your Personal Tragedy”

  1. beingserbian February 27, 2013 at 5:16 am #

    I don’t think letter-writing is a lost art form…it’s just neglected and poorly practiced. I send e-mails to people as if I were sending them a letter. Unfortunately often all I get in return is “LOL OMG LMAO,” but I’m not giving up.
    Don’t you think if Hemingway were around now he’d be a prolific blogger and e-mailer?

    • nikprose March 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

      I meant hand-written letters are a lost art form. Poor penmanship, a blank page, no spell-check, it’s quite daunting!
      Hem would have been fantastic for sure. I can almost picture him shirtless, brown drink on table, two finger typing away methodically getting right to the point. Although i do feel he would have stuck through with hand-written letters, stubbornly refusing new technology!

      Sorry for the late response.

  2. factorymaid March 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Feel beautiful! 🙂

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