I was just reading about F. Scott Fitzgerald a bit last night, and this popped up in my Twitter feed this morning. I didn’t know he and Hemingway were such close friends. This letter is refreshingly honest, although probably not what Fitzgerald wanted to hear when he asked what Hemingway thought of his latest effort. There’s some great advice in there for any creative type, though, not just writers. Hemingway constantly emphasizes the importance of having your work reflect the truth as much as possible, even if it has to create its own truth.
Also of interest: for a writer, Hemingway’s letter is laden with typos.