Tuesday Tidbits #32



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 are writing to make money, there are hundreds of ways to make your words pay out. If you are writing to share your words and, hopefully, touch the hearts and souls of others, it pays less but comes with great fringe benefits.


Somebody once told me they “wished they could write like me”. Although this was meant as praise, the only thought that popped into my head was the hope that they will write much better. You should always be aiming higher than what I have settled for.


Writing is work, but not a chore. It is demanding, but not drudgery. It is consuming, but not exhaustive. It is neither a walk in the park nor a funeral procession. It is a uniquely trying task that comes with its own unique set of rewards. And nothing good ever comes easy.


There is no magic here. I write mere words. They are, in and of themselves, nothing of splendor, wisdom, or beauty. What the reader finds of those things in my words is that which they have brought to them of their own volition. They have, on their own, created the splendor, wisdom, or beauty that they believe appears on the page. They would find those things no matter who writes the words.


My favorite type of poem is one that makes you think of a very specific word, but yet does not included that word anywhere within the verses or title.


I cannot avoid the events around me finding their way into my writing. If I were so disconnected from the world at large, why would I ever have a reason to write anything? It is that connection that forces me to speak out and I am thankful for it.


My only disappointment in writing poetry is that I never got to share it with my mother, who was the source of my love of words. She filled our home with books and always encouraged us to read. No matter the subject, I think all of my poems are written for her, in some way.


Now get out there and write something!

9 Responses to “Tuesday Tidbits #32”
  1. beth says:

    love these as always. my favorite today was the one about your favorite type of poem. me too –

  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    I always look forward to Tuesdays Tidbits, it is a great series and I love it! Great thoughts you share and so true…I wish I could have shared my work with my grandmother who always knew I would be a writer but never really saw it. Great work my friend!

  3. Jim Borden says:

    some great ones here, Brad. I so agree with your one about writing is work, and I really liked the final two. I like when you write about the world around us, offering us your unique insights. And what a nice tribute to your mom – she would have loved reading your poems!

  4. petespringerauthor says:

    Our mothers continue to influence us long after they are gone. I’m sorry she didn’t get to see your appreciation for words.

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