[irevuo] You’ve Got to Sell Your Heart

In 1938, aspiring author Frances Turnbull sent a copy of one of her stories to Francis Scott Fitzgerald.

The reply she received from the author of The Great Gatsby contained the following piece of advice:

“You’ve got to sell your heart, your strongest reactions, not the little minor things that only touch you lightly, the little experiences that you might tell at dinner. This is especially true when you begin to write, when you have not yet developed the tricks of interesting people on paper, when you have none of the technique which it takes time to learn. When, in short, you have only your emotions to sell.”

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