I posted Dorothy Parker’s telegram to her editor last year, but she bears reposting for all the dark nights of the writing soul that lie ahead for 2012.

Happy New Year to all my writing and reading friends.




14 thoughts on “A Pile of Paper Covered With Wrong Words

  1. Vanessa Harbour 7 years ago

    Love this Meg. I remember it from last time and actually printed it out and have it on my office wall just to remind me when I am wallowing in self doubt. Thank you and happy new year x

  2. Candy Gourlay 7 years ago

    Yup! And happy new year to you and other writerly peeps!

  3. Stroppy Author 7 years ago

    So absolutely what I’ve been doing the last few days. Sigh. Comforting to see it happened to DP, too. Thank you, Meg!

  4. bookwitch 7 years ago

    Feeling incompetant, are we?

    1. Meg Rosoff 7 years ago

      I think you’ll find competent people spell it with two ‘e’s.

  5. adele geras 7 years ago

    This is wonderful! I have never read it before. Brilliant stuff and very comforting. Happy New Year to you and yours too!

  6. ej runyon 7 years ago

    I hope to have use one day for a missive such as this.

    Did you post it to ward off sending something like it, or because you’ve already sent one like it?

    : )

    1. Meg Rosoff 7 years ago

      Not with this book. This book’s been relatively straightforward. But I could have sent that telegram many many times.

  7. Geraldine Brennan 7 years ago

    Very comforting, thank you!

  8. Mike 7 years ago

    Kind of confirms that idea that writers are people who find writing harder to do than other folks. Because your sure get the idea of someone climbing the walls and taking their fingernails out on the way.
    Happy new year!

  9. Jan Carr 7 years ago

    Incompetant should always be spelled wrong.

  10. Nicky Schmidt 7 years ago

    Thank you for reposting, Meg.
    Wishing you a happy New Year and a year filled with limited or no writing angst!

  11. Ayse 7 years ago

    I love the words……thank you and Happy New Year with Happy writing!

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