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'Nothing Any Good Isn't Hard': F. Scott Fitzgerald's Secret to Great Writing - Maria Popova - The Atlantic

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Wow! I was really hit by this. It made me see my own path in writing in a new way by giving me a nudge to dig deep into my emotions and have the courage to share.

It's all about emotions, according to F. Scott Fitzgerald:

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.