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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dorothy Parker's Wisdom for Writers and #FuzzyFriday Winner Announced

You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think.
       - Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker had a way with words, no denying. This founding member of the Algonquin Round Table had some sage advice for writers, so this Wednesday I am turning to her for a little wisdom: 
  • If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they're happy.
  • I hate writing, I love having written.
  • I'd like to have money. And I'd like to be a good writer. These two can come together, and I hope they will, but if that's too adorable, I'd rather have money.
I love collecting quotes about writing. If you have a favorite writing quote, please leave it in the comments below.

J-Dog asked me to thank everyone who left comments on his #FuzzyFriday blog post. He has picked the winner of the $10 Amazon Gift Card, and the winner is . . . Louisa Cornell!  


  1. Huzzah !! A gift card for books is ALWAYS the right size !! And I do love Dorothy Parker! Such a fabulous, biting wit !

    Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. ~ Mark Twain

    Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader -not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon. ~ E. L. Doctorow

    Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money.~ Moliere

    If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the times or the tools to write. ~ Stephen King

    Some of us aren’t meant to belong. Some of us have to turn the world upside down and shake the hell out of it until we make our own place in it. ~ Elizabeth Lowell

  2. Love those quotes! I will email you about the gift card :)