→ F. Scott Fitzgerald on Writing

From a letter to his fifteen year-old daughter:

Nobody ever became a writer just by wanting to be one. If you have anything to say, anything you feel nobody has ever said before, you have got to feel it so desperately that you will find some way to say it that nobody has ever found before, so that the thing you have to say and the way of saying it blend as one matter—as indissolubly as if they were conceived together.

That, right there, is why he is the best1.


  1. Interesting note: Fitzgerald spent some time at the Grove Park Inn in Ashville, NC. In fact, they have had special weekends in his honor