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When You Bear an Untold Story

Nov 19, 2020 | Articles, General

As said by Maya Angelou, There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Writers find and uncover the truth and deliver it to the masses. No matter how small you think your story is, you have a right to tell it.

Writers deliver stories that are true to them. Even the most comedic books, short stories, and essays have an honest message inside them. So much of what we read is based on the author’s backstory. Stories begin with the need to share the author’s experience with the world. When writing even the most absurd stories, we are not writing for anyone but ourselves. Hope should be alive that your words will affect change in others, but the starting point should be in you.

The topic of your next piece of writing already lives inside of you and to keep it trapped within would be a disservice. You’ve lived a life unlike anyone else in the world. When searching for inspiration and motivation for a new story, look inside yourself. Think of what experiences have made you tick, what lessons you’ve learned, what you wish you could scream out to the world. This untold story is your next written piece of art. Don’t be afraid to share it with the world!

It’s easy to lose our unique personas in the rush and blur of everyday life. Writing can often feel repetitive. Tropes and archetypes live on because they are familiar and relatable. However, this shouldn’t stop you from writing your truth and sharing your story. If you ever think that your life isn’t important enough to tell, remember this great quote by Maya Angelou; that “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” So, what are you waiting for? Grab a pen and paper and start writing.



  1. Nickie85

    Wow, this was a very beautiful read. As someone who is new to storytelling, it really got my mind thinking and wondering. I mean, we all have stories we can tell. It is just a matter of putting them into the context of a book for others to enjoy. 

  2. Sarah

    A motivating piece for the writers. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. petardz

    As writers, we should write everything that comes out of our minds I think… (not some rude stuff of course). It can be something that we’re worried about, or we just have a need for writing. Other people would probably tell those stories to their friends and families, but as writers, we shall always look forward to writing some new exciting stories. Just like you said, “There’s no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you!”.

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