Tuesday Tidbits #13



Welcome to the limited series, Tuesday Tidbits. A collection of quotes to provide inspiration, determination, and elevation. I hope you find something that brightens your day!



If you question the beauty of poetry, it is because you never read it. No problem! Tell Siri to read you great poems, then sit back and see if you don’t find the beauty in the words. Anything else you need; Amazon can deliver in two days.



Every writer should love learning and using new words. The average English speaker knows fifty thousand words in contemporary use. That is the number of stars in the night sky, that are visible to the naked eye. A tremendous amount, for sure. But we should always want to be adding stars to our sky.



In the English language, there are at least three words for any idea, each rooted in the Latin, Germanic or Saxon tongues, and the Greek. A good writer should live and die by the thesaurus.



Great writing is like parachuting. A wild and wonderful freefall through emotions and images, with a huge jolt at the end that changes the rest of your life expectancy.



Poetry is to writing, what the face is to the body. It is uniquely expressive. Where one word, like the subtle raise of an eyebrow, a curl of the lip, or the depth of gaze, can completely change our perception of the emotions we see.



Poetry is a crash course in editing. It is where we learn to take the ten words of a thought and turn it into two, in the need to meet phonetic or syllabic meter. It is more about reduction than production. And there is a beauty in that.



It is not the thesaurus-found words, flowery adjectives, or ethereal vibe of a composition that touches the reader. Any reader is most moved when they see a little bit of themselves in your words. And, in that mirror, the heart cannot remain untouched.




Now get out there and write something!




12 Responses to “Tuesday Tidbits #13”
  1. so true sir πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

  2. Matt P says:

    All of them are great, Brad! But I can most relate to the reduction of words. So much in your head but you’ll just write a portion. And what hit me hard is the writing by freefalling.

  3. kristianw84 says:

    Love this! Especially the last one! ❀❀

  4. Perfect! Absolutely loved these tidbits Brad…poetry is like the face, so true, so true…
    I would add like the feet…the feet are the indicators of the will of the body, the anticipation of what the mind wants to do and a clue as to what the person is thinking…the face can lie, can disguise emotions and can trick us into a false sense of either security or alarm…this I learned during my time as a police inspector…I don’t know, but it always worked for me when I had to confront suspects or perpetrators, which was daily πŸ™‚

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I am sure your career has given you many tools in determining the true workings of the person you are engaged with. I always tell people you may as well tell the police the truth, as they are likely to figure it out anyway and honesty can be a saving grace. Thanks for reading and commenting, my friend!

  5. Jim Borden says:

    wonderful, superb, outstanding, brilliant, amazing (had my thesaurus out) πŸ™‚

    I particularly like the analogy with the parachute; it is so visual (but then I got a little nervous later when you used the phrase crash course…)

    All kidding aside, Brad, another inspiring collection of quotes for writers and poets…

    Have a great day.

  6. All of them are fantastic.
    “In the English language, there are at least three words for any idea, each rooted in the Latin, Germanic or Saxon tongues, and the Greek. A good writer should live and die by the thesaurus.” I so very much agree.

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