Tuesday Tidbits #18



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!



Many writers will tell you about subject, length, style, vocabulary, imagery, and all the other finer details of the written word. What they don’t mention, is the bravery. The bravery to share your words with the world, in spite of the possible rejection.



In the deep recesses of our minds live the scary things. Through writing, we can shine a light on these things and, in that light, see they are not as scary as we thought.



Love and fear are the two easiest subjects to write about. For the writer, we can be assured that these two basic emotions are easily recognized by any reader.



Many people think writers bring words into our lives, but in reality, they bring life into our words.



When used in the proper measure, adjectives can add so much to a piece of work. But their overuse simply muddies the waters and leave us staring at something less beautiful.



Reading is fundamental to writing. For most, it is where our passion began. We fell in love with another’s words. When we lack inspiration for our own words, it is where we can go to renew our love affair.



Poetry is a process of distillation. We throw all the words into a thought. We mix them well and let them ferment. Then through the heat of effort we boil off the unnecessary and unwanted, leaving a purer mixture for consumption.




Now get out there and write something!




19 Responses to “Tuesday Tidbits #18”
  1. beth says:

    I love the distillation quote – a perfect description

  2. Jim Borden says:

    You are the new Bartlett! Well done, Brad.

    You mention the importance of reading. I’m curious what a couple of your all-time favorite books are…

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thanks, Jim! I love the classics, “To Kill a Mocking Bird”, “Catcher in the Rye”, “Ulysses”, “The Grapes of Wrath”, “War and Peace”. For poetry, I also lean to the classical writers: T. S. Elliott, Sylvia Path, E. E. Cummings, Robert Frost, Robert Lowell, and the like. But I also enjoy reading more contemporary writers.
      Thanks for reading and commenting, Jim!

      • Jim Borden says:

        You made it through Ulysses and War and Peace. I’ve started both, but did not get very far. At this point, I’ll save those for a rainy day…
        As to the poets, I recognize the names, except for Lowell, but I don’t think I could pick out whose poems are whom’s, except for Cummings perhaps.

        Thanks for sharing!

      • Brad Osborne says:

        Don’t fret, I have a hard time guessing the author of most poetry too!

      • Jim Borden says:

        that makes me feel better!

  3. kristianw84 says:

    I love all of these once again! The one about reading really stuck out to me! There’s a quote by Stephen King where he talks about the importance of reading to improve writing. I have a bunch of quotes hanging around my office. Little reminders & words if inspiration. I think I need to add some of yours to my wall. ❤❤ I hope you had a great holiday weekend!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I would be honored to hang on your wall of fame! So kind! I had a great weekend, hope you guys had some quality time,too. Thanks for all the love! ❤❤

  4. Oh I’m loving these Tuesday doses of inspiration

  5. I am taking this
    “Love and fear are the two easiest subjects to write about. For the writer, we can be assured that these two basic emotions are easily recognized by any reader.”
    Is the bike ready? 🙂

  6. Nima Mohan says:

    You always come up with a set of amazing tidbits Brad !! More and more power to you for more writing. All the words sink in so perfectly… am in love with all of them ❤️

  7. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Great advise and a great series which I really love because I learn so much from your words. Love and fear, you are absolutely right on that one. Great post as usual my friend. Thank you,
    Take good care,
    All the best,

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