I spent my morning and afternoon writing 5,000 words and I immediately thereafter felt very burnt out. That is what generally happens to me, but today I found an antidote.
I read The Great Gatsby for the third (maybe fourth?) time and I was reminded of why it is we do what we do. I read it all. You know you have finished a good book when you are filled with an overwhelming sense of jealousy at the author’s abilities. If anyone has ever had a talent for writing, it was Fitzgerald. We should, as writers, try to be as good as he was, and if we make it one tenth of the way there, that will be something worth celebrating, and reading.
I ask you, dear reader, has any book ever such good opening and closing sentences?
For your perusal:
In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
Do you have a favorite line or moment in Gatsby? Let me know in comments or on Twitter @shutupcabbage
As always, Happy writing.