Quotes on Writing: Maya Angelou

Quotes on Writing“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.

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 goes straight to the heart. It affects people, influences them, and shapes their lives.

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.

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Melissa Donovan is a website designer and copywriter. She writes fiction and poetry and is the founder and editor of Writing Forward, a blog packed with creative writing tips and ideas.

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2 Responses to “Quotes on Writing: Maya Angelou”

  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.