Maya Angelou

This week's writing tips come from American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.
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Weekly Writing Tips - Maya Angelou

This week's writing tips come from American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.

1. It takes hard work.

β€œI try to pull the language into such a sharpness that it jumps off the page. It must look easy, but it takes me forever to get it to look so easy. Of course, there are those critics – New York critics as a rule – who say, well, Maya Angelou has a new book out and of course it’s good but then she’s a natural writer. Those are the ones I want to grab by the throat and wrestle to the floor because it takes me forever to get it to sing. I work at the language.”

– Maya Angelou

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2. Courage is key.

β€œOne isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”

– Maya Angelou

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3. Creativity is a wellspring.

β€œYou can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

– Maya Angelou

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