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Parker: Famous writers from A to Z on writing

Good writers are picky people, at least when it comes to the words they put to paper. The best writers proofread painstakingly, pecking at each phrase until it’s practically perfect.

American award-winning poet and author Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) was known for making her point in particularly pointed ways. Consider this popular Parker quote:

“The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.”

Here’s something she said about her own writing and self-editing process:

“I can’t write five words but that I change seven.”


Dorothy Parker’s best known published works include After Such Pleasures, Death and Taxes, Enough Rope, Laments for the Living, Not So Deep As a Well, and Sunset Gun. Dorothy Parker co-wrote the screenplay with Alan Campbell and Robert Carson for the 1937 motion picture A Star is Born.

Peruse this additional writing-related quotation from Dorothy Parker.

“I hate writing. I love having written.”

Let’s admit it. As much as we love to write, we all have moments like that. Now there’s a parting shot for wordsmiths.

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