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When I can’t write

Calm cat writing on a red chair

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” —I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

So you want to write. Congratulations!

 Can you sense the wonder and joy in writing your untold story?

Now is your time, your opportunity.

You begin to write. But then—something stops you—let’s call it resistance. With such resistance, how can you express that “untold story inside you” Maya Angelou writes about? 

When I  feel resistance to writing, I read. As I immerse myself in a book or article that intrigues me, I feel my resistance shriveling. I find a path leading me to my next word, phrase and sentence. What I couldn’t have imagined fifteen minutes or an hour before I began to read, I now see how to express in words. Try it yourself. See what happens.

Reading while intrigued.


Every From Heart to Paper Workshop is dedicated to a writer whose work we read and discuss throughout our sessions. Some examples are: Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaajte, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Poems by Rumi, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Our Eyes Were Watching God by Nora Zeale Hurston, Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. 

Here’s what one From Heart to Paper student wrote about the experience:

“This class is very intimate and everyone gets an opportunity to share their thoughts. I liked whenever we talked about what worked in a piece, for example, The Great Gatsby, in our own words.” — Carol S.

Click here for more workshop testimonials.

There’s a place for you in my two upcoming From Heart to Paper Workshops.

Saturday From Heart to Paper Writing Workshop
Five  sessions:
Saturday mornings:  10AM – 12PM
Dates: 5/4/19 – 6/8/19
Find out more.
To Register, click on the Writing is Easy button.

Intensive From Heart to Paper Writing Workshop 
Five sessions:
Two Monday & Wednesday evenings:  6:30PM – 8:30PM
plus one Saturday morning: 10AM – 12PM
Dates: 8/5/19 – 8/17/19
Find out more. 

To Register, click on the Writing is Easy button.

Expressing yourself in words can be a wonder and a joy.


Published by Margaret C. Murray

Margaret C Murray is a bold Bay Area author whose works burst from an imagination brimming with magical realism. Her novels take place within poignant and vibrant historical contexts, telling stories that draw parallels between disparate worlds and times. She speaks to the enchantment of human existence. Margaret is the founder and director of Writewords Press.

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