If you had the privilege of attending any of Maya Angelou’s speaking engagements, then you came away with much to think about. She remains one of the most quoted Americans, and many of her quotations speak to writers.
Read these and apply them as rules for your writing routine.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Rule 1: Aim for the hearts of your readers.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
Rule 2: Don’t allow your stories to languish. Write!
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
Rule 3: Be willing to take risks when you write.
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
Rule 4: Decide not to be knocked down by rejection and criticism.
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
Rule 5: Make self-worth your definition of “success”.
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”
Rule 6: Do what you love, and do it well.
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
Rule 7: Learn from those times when you feel defeated.
“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”
Rule 8: Open yourself up to all the creativity within you to discover your own unique style.
“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.”
Rule 9: Get below the surface when you write. Dig deep. Go for the roots.
“Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.”
Rule 10: When you edit, don’t complain. Be willing to rethink what you’ve written and be open to change.
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