Background[ edit ] Wordsworth claimed that the idea for We are Seven came to him while travelling alone across England in October after becoming separated from his friend, William Calvert. This solitude with nature he claimed encouraged him to reach a deeper understanding where the experience was no longer just for pleasure, as it was in his earlier days, but also hinted at a darker side. Although there is no documentation on what the little girl actually told him during their conversation, she interested Wordsworth to such an extent that he wrote:
Scott Fitzgerald is often portrayed as a natural-born writer. Today we're back with a similar list of advice from Hemingway's friend and rival Fitzgerald. We've selected seven quotations from F.
Scott Fitzgerald on Writingwhich was edited by Larry W. Phillips and published in as a companion to the Hemingway book. As in the previous post, we've organized the advice under our own headings and added some brief commentary.
Start by taking notes. Fitzgerald made a habit of recording his stray thoughts and observations in notebooks. He organized the entries into categories like "Feelings and emotions," "Conversations and things overheard" and "Descriptions of girls.
In her memoir, Beloved InfidelGraham quotes Fitzgerald as saying: You must begin by making notes. You may have to make notes for years When you think of something, when you recall something, put it where it belongs.
Put it down when you think of it.
You may never recapture it quite as vividly the second time. Make a detailed outline of your story. When Fitzgerald was working on a novel, he would surround himself with charts outlining the various movements and histories of his characters.
In a letter to novelist John O'Hara, he advises the younger novelist to start with a big outline: Invent a system Zolaesque On the first page of the file put down an outline of a novel of your times enormous in scale don't worry, it will contract by itself and work on the plan for two months.
Take the central point of the file as your big climax and follow your plan backward and forward from that for another three months. Then draw up something as complicated as a continuity from what you have and set yourself a schedule.
Don't describe your work-in-progress to anyone. Fitzgerald's policy was never to talk with other people about the book he was working on. In a letter to his daughter Scottie, he says: I think it's a pretty good rule not to tell what a thing is about until it's finished.
If you do you always seem to lose some of it. It never quite belongs to you so much again. Create people, not types.
Fitzgerald was known for creating emblematic characters, but he said it was accidental.
Begin with an individual, and before you know it you find that you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find that you have created--nothing.
In a letter to his college friend and fellow writer John Peale Bishop, Fitzgerald says: You ought never to use an unfamiliar word unless you've had to search for it to express a delicate shade--where in effect you have recreated it.
This is a damn good prose rule I think Use verbs, not adjectives, to keep your sentences moving. In a letter to his daughter, Fitzgerald writes: They make sentences move.
A writer has to make some hard choices. Fitzgerald warns about the danger of becoming too attached to something you've written. Keep an objective eye on the whole piece, he says, and if something isn't working get rid of it. I am alone in the privacy of my faded blue room with my sick cat, the bare February branches waving at the window, an ironic paper weight that says Business is Good, a New England conscience--developed in Minnesota--and my greatest problem: Or shall I turn back?
Better throw it away and start over. To make it philosophically, before he has exhausted himself in a hundred-hour effort to resuscitate a corpse or disentangle innumerable wet snarls, is a test of whether or not he is really a professional.
There are often occasions when such a decision is doubly difficult.Try writing a four-line poem at the zoo or on the bus. You can even write a four-line poem in the sand at the beach then watch as the ocean washes it away.
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