Writers Repeat Themselves (says F. Scott Fitzgerald)

“Mostly, we authors must repeat ourselves—that’s the truth. We have two or three great and moving experiences in our lives—experiences so great and moving that it doesn’t seem at the time that anyone else has been so caught up and pounded and dazzled and astonished and beaten and broken and rescued and illuminated and rewarded and humbled in just that way ever before.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ah, here is a clue as to why I keep re-writing the experience in my life that made the most impression on me… the writing always get a little better, but never is quite right. I hope the more I repeat myself, the better picture I can give.

And sometimes I start writing something and I realize it is a different point of view on something I’ve written before. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though, because sometimes a new perspective is needed!

The article this quote is from, called “One Hundred False Starts,” is such a relief to read. I’ve got a binder full of false starts myself – ideas that are great but don’t seem to go anywhere when I write them – and now I know I’m not the only author who has them. If only I could make some of them live up to their potential! But maybe I am not the right author to write them.

Note: I also posted today about several opinions on Amazon vs. independent bookstores over at amrahpublishinghouse.com. Check it out to find out more.

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One response to “Writers Repeat Themselves (says F. Scott Fitzgerald)

  1. Nice quote.I read “The Great Gatsby ” in Japanese. The book is popular even now.


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