“ I would encourage young writers to read. Please read aloud. Go into a room, close the door, so you can hear how the language sounds. Read your own work and someone you admire. I’m a great admirer of Langston Hughes’ poetry and that of Edna St. Vincent Millay and Virginia Woolf. When I was trying to form my own voice, my own melody, I would read aloud, and I found it did me so much good.
— Maya Angelou, in a recent interview with The Old Gold & Black, gives advice to aspiring writers.