Last week while I was at BEA we lost a literary legend, Maya Angelou. Her poems and writing have been inspiring people for years and I came across a couple of her quotes that I think fit what I strive for in my writing as well.
“I don’t know about lying for novelists. I look at some of the great novelists, and I think the reason they are great is that they’re telling the truth. The fact is they’re using made-up names, made-up people, made-up places, and made-up times, but they’re telling the truth about the human being—what we are capable of, what makes us lose, laugh, weep, fall down, and gnash our teeth and wring our hands and kill each other and love each other.”
I agree with her on this one. I like to think that my characters reflect real life and I love to get into other people’s/character’s heads and test what life is made of.
“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”
If you read my blog you know I love spreading the word about literacy and communities that support literacy. I think Maya and I agree on this one too.
“Each time I write a book, every time I face that yellow pad, the challenge is so great. I have written eleven books, but each time I think, ‘Uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody and they’re going to find me out.”
This is so true! I will agonize over a paragraph trying to find the best words to communicate what I’m trying to say or make the reader feel. And I always doubt whether I’ve succeeded until readers start commenting and reviewing my book.
“Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as
This is just a great quote about life.