Maya Angelou: Write with Passion

write with passion“The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.” – Maya Angelou

We’ve all read books, articles, and poems that we completely forgot about once we were done. But some written works linger. They haunt us or stimulate our thoughts. They provoke our emotions.

That kind of writing is special.

When you create an emotional connection between your writing and your readers, there’s a lasting impression. That’s what happens when you write with passion.

The first book that had that kind of impact on me was Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, and the first poem that evoked that kind of response in me was “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou.

Those two works, along with dozens of others, became threads in the tapestry of my world. That’s the power of writing that slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart, as Maya Angelou described. This kind of writing affects people, influences them, and shapes their lives because it’s imbued with passion.

Maybe your readers will enjoy your work but get back to their lives as soon as they’ve closed the cover on your story. Or maybe you’ll make a difference. Maybe you’ll change lives and make some small (or great) change in the world. There’s no right or wrong way, but when you write with passion, you certainly increases the chance that your work will stick with people.

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6 Responses to “Maya Angelou: Write with Passion”

  1. J. Byron says:

    I believe one of the besy example of writing that invokes such an emotional link is the ending monologue from The Glass Menagerie by Tennesse Williams.

  2. Lori L. Clark says:

    Precisely. I can think of about three books that I read that touched me over the years. Of course I’ve read books that I really liked, but there was just something about these three that has stuck with me for a long time. I I knew how to tap into that certain glow when I write.

  3. Elisa Henderson says:

    Thank you for your words. I now have something to share with my students. Passion with purpose will be remembered longer than just writing to write. I will share that with them. I agree as it is the stories that have amazing characters that help me remember them much more than just a plot.