Tuesday Tidbits #16



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!



Writing is like eating. With our eyes and ears, we consume the words and the world around us. What does not digest, we then regurgitate onto paper through our pens. Then we scrape off the peas and carrots, rinse it a bit, and hope the stain we left doesn’t stink.



When do we stop writing? When does our internal desire for expression die? When does evil convince us that our words are suddenly worthless? Hopefully, never!



Having a great character in your story is important. Being of great character in your own story is more important.



I recently saw a billboard created to remind drivers not to drive while distracted. And it, in such brevity and diametric proposition, captured and encapsulated not only the power of words, but there playfulness as well. It simply read, in plain block letters, “Don’t read this!”.



A great poem is like a walk along our favorite path through the woods. Each time we read it, though the words remain the same, what we see, feel, hear, smell, and taste change as much as the woods change with the seasons.



You never know if what you have written is good or bad. It is like flipping a coin. You can guess whether it will land heads or tails, but all you are really sure of is that it will land. And, for a writer, flipping the coin is what really matters.



Sometimes, a writer’s own words, like kindling, seem small and short-lived. But they may be enough to start a fire in another, and that is all any of us can really hope for.



Now get out there and write something!




26 Responses to “Tuesday Tidbits #16”
  1. Great… Enlightening thoughts!

  2. Really inspiring words indeed. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Matt P says:

    Always love this series! Insightful and inspiring. I love the one before the last. Just write, writers. We have to flip the coin to see the outcome, we can’t always play guessing games.

  4. beth says:

    Very inspirational- thanks!!!

  5. kristianw84 says:

    So inspiring, as always! The billboard & the woods are my favorite. 😍

  6. Jim Borden says:

    some great quotes – I liked the walk in the woods one – a great analogy to how the same words could be interpreted differently, depending on the mood we are in. And as for the coin flip, certainly we care what others think of our writing, but shouldn’t it be the writer himself who decides if something is good or bad?

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I like the woods analogy too, Jim, for all the same reasons. As for the coin flip, due to the odd effect of birthing something written, the bias of the writer is to see everything in lush beauty. And we can love something of our own that others do not like, but is that the true measure? Have you ever written something you thought was a bit bland and received a great response, or worse yet, written something you thought was great and had it be hardly noticed? I can’t be the only one, I am sure. It may not be fair or accurate, but mass consumption is the measure of success in a capitalist society. The larger point being to shun perception with the continued need to write, explore, and create. Thanks, as always, for adding to the perspective and discussion. Your comments are always thought-provoking and welcomed!

      • Jim Borden says:

        I have certainly had the experiences you mention with my blog posts. And I agree that mass consumption is one measure of success.
        But luck plays a role, and who you know, and timing, and so many other things outside our control, that I think ultimately we need to be happy with what we produce, and not wait for external validity…

      • Brad Osborne says:

        You make a great point, Jim! I agree we must gauge the value of our own work well before we receive any confirmation or negation of our personal feelings. Thanks for the reminder!

      • Jim Borden says:

        I agree Brad that the confirmation/feedback from others is a helpful part of making us improve what we do…

  7. Kaylen says:

    Great quotes as always ❣🌸

  8. DC Gilbert says:

    Several of these “tidbits” are really very good! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Nima Mohan says:

    I loved all these tidbits about writing.. And I read them again and again. And each time I read them, I start to feel them personally. You are too good Brad !!!

  10. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Brad, this is a great series, I really hope it continues and continues on in perpetuity for it teaches and lightens the heart. You are a master my friend and that you!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Francisco, thank you for your kind words. I started it as a limited series, because I had sat down one day and wrote the majority of the quotations and thought some day I would run out of them. But it has become so popular that I am putting in the work to keep the series going. I hope you have the same problem with your new series! Thanks for being such a good friend!

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

        I love that series! I do hope you continue it, and I am sure you will because every one loves it! I will do my best to keep my three series alive! I will also ask for suggestions as to the artists and singers featured…thank you Brad, I appreciate your friendship greatly. Wishing you a lovely Wednesday!
        All the best,

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