Tuesday Tidbits #24

 

 

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 the thought, that nobody will ever read the words you write, keeps you from writing them, you may be missing the whole point. The words are first and foremost for you alone. My hope is that you will recognize the beauty in them that deserves to be shared with others. If it is only the recognition by others which allows you to see the beauty, then it makes my heart sad.


 

 

Our words are often reflective. We reflect the things, the people, and the world around us. But when we are writing about ourselves or the emotions we hold, it cannot be a reflection. The reader must see those things straight on. The genuineness can be lost in the distance between yourself and the mirror.


 

 

Writing can be hard. Sometimes, very, very hard. And it is supposed to be. Rarely does beauty just pop into existence with little effort. There is always a ton of work left unseen in all the beauty we behold.


 

 

When working in collaboration, rarely is there a lack of enthusiasm, desire, or words. That hardest part is deciding what the subject will be. From there, it all comes much easier.


 

 

Sometimes my works start with writing out the premise for a piece. A short statement that says where I want it to go, what I want to touch on along the way, what feelings I seek to evoke, and where it ultimately finds its conclusion. I write it at the top of the page and, as lines are added, I use it as a touchstone to keep my thoughts on the path.


 

 

I do not disparage the art and beauty of open or free from poetry or prose. It is as delicious and refreshing as ice cream on a summer’s day. But strict form poetry is like a sundae. It comes with the whipped cream and cherry on top and somehow, for me, that adds to the experience.


 

 

 

I have seen poetry challenges where the poet is forced to include certain, not necessarily tangential, words. This is good exercise, but do not be disappointed if it does not reveal your best work at the end. It is hard to pin a tail on the donkey when it is a rabbit.


 

 

 

Now get out there and write something!

 

 

 

Comments
19 Responses to “Tuesday Tidbits #24”
  1. Enlightening thoughts.. Great work!

  2. Beautiful words of encouragement.

  3. Brilliant and very informative Brad. Especially the first one…you have to write as you imagine, think and create, not as you imagine and think others will like it or buy it. Great advise, as usual and a great limited series!

  4. Jim Borden says:

    Nice set of quotes, Brad. I liked how you shared a little bit of your writing process in terms of how you start with a premise and use that as a guide.. I also like your analogy of strict form poetry being like a sundae. And I agree, I like it when poems rhyme.

    By the ay, when I was putting together my post about Meat Loaf yesterday, I read that someone criticized Jim Steinman, the writer for not knowing how to write music. The critic said that a song should follow the pattern: A, B, C, B, C, C

    Have you heard of such a pattern for music?

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Any lyric can adopt patterns similar to many types of poetry. Lyrics are often derived from poetry that meet a rhyme scheme, but in the process of writing a song many things change from start to finish, so sticking to a rhyme scheme may not be something given priority over emotive phrasing. I have never heard of a particular rhyme scheme for lyrics to a song unless they are making reference to the formulaic ideals of a pop song. I can think of many hits songs in which the lyrics don’t rhyme, so maybe the proof is in the pudding, so to speak. Thanks for the question, Jim, and the kind words!

  5. kristianw84 says:

    Love every single one of these! It’s hard to pick a favorite.

  6. Brad, can I take this one? I’ll send you plenty of roses in exchange.
    “If the thought, that nobody will ever read the words you write, keeps you from writing them, you may be missing the whole point. The words are first and foremost for you alone. My hope is that you will recognize the beauty in them that deserves to be shared with others. If it is only the recognition by others which allows you to see the beauty, then it makes my heart sad.”
    xoxo

  7. beth says:

    β€˜The words are first and foremost for you alone.’ Perfect

  8. jonicaggiano says:

    I like your explanation on how you begin one of your works. I am always curious about how a poet begins a piece. Great advice my friend. Hugs coming to you and all your loved ones. β€οΈπŸ’•πŸ’–πŸŒΈπŸŒΊ also a couple of flowers thrown in for color. Love Jonikins

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