Write On- A writer must have utter faith in his star.

Photograph of the authors desk, susan sheldon nolen

“A writer like me must have utter confidence, an utter faith in his star”

F. Scott. Fitzgerald.

English: Black-and-white photographic portrait...

English: Black-and-white photographic portrait of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and wife Zelda at Dellwood, one month before daughter Scottie’s birth. Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When  F. Scott Fitzgerald told this to Michel Mok in 1936,  he was very ill with alcoholism.  It’s a sad thought to think so many writers, artists, and the like are plagued with the black dog and self-doubt. When Fitzgerald wrote about utter confidence, he was speaking a truth. As a writer, you have to believe in your project, no matter what  hard knocks it will take. This is not to say that all common sense and helpful criticisms should be ignored, for that would be blind faith. The faith Fitzgerald is talking about is the belief that what one has to say, to create, to write, is valid, it is not nonsense. The story is good, the idea is worthwhile to pursue, for without that honest belief, no amount of hard work will surpass the obstacles thrown in the way, obstacles that sometimes I believe are there to prove or disprove the writer’s belief in himself.
Signature of F. Scott Fitzgerald

Signature of F. Scott Fitzgerald (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

About susan sheldon

I am an explorer. It's taken me awhile to realise this. But I love capturing bits of our wonderful world with my camera, travelling through time and history, always returning to write, or paint what I've discovered. I use my Leica and my iPhone to capture images, and with those images I try to hold on to a feeling, a moment in our busy lives. Sometimes those moments bring me into the past, others into the studio to paint, or back to the old typewriter to try to use words to capture what the camera has done for me already. One of my goals in my blog is to have a space to take a breath away from our frantic world. I hope you enjoy your time here. It’s such a privilege to have readers.
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