Tuesday Tidbits #35

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!


After writing more than a thousand poems, I have readily determined that the only thing bigger than my volume of work is my ego.


Everything I write is something I leave to all the people I know and love in my life. And to all the people I love but, as yet, do not know.


Be bold, be subtle. Be loud, be hushed. Be strong, be weak. Be long, be short. Be whatever you must be in your own writing. In this way we can more readily find our truest selves and share it with others, in the hopes they will find themselves as well.


As a lover of poetic forms, I have always been dismayed by the “six-word story”. It seems an obvious choice of easy writing. However, I will add one to my writing so as not to be vilified but the numerous purveyors of the form. “Was born. Learned to read. Wrote.”


If you can write about love, you can write about hate. If you can write about loss, you can write about finding. If you can write about beauty, you can write about ugly. We must ensure that our perspective, as well as our talents, are balanced and all encompassing.


The greatest gift to a writer is empathy. The ability to feel what others feel within their own circumstances. There is still the work of voicing those emotions in words, but empathy makes them genuine and personal, and that is its gift to the writer.


Writing, when the words come easily, is seen as a joy. Writing, when the words will not come, is seen as work. Truth be told, everything we write has a good amount of both in the effort. This is the Yin and Yang of writing.


Now get out there and write something!


22 Responses to “Tuesday Tidbits #35”
  1. yassy says:

    This is very nice, Brad. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. beth says:

    I love your leaving the love to the people you don’t know yet

  3. jonicaggiano says:

    These are all great Brad. I agree with each one but especially the one on empathy. I believe that it is such a big part of my ability to write. Also it is rare that my poetry isn’t part work as you said. Most of the time I have to do a lot of fine tuning, etc.
    Great post my friend how sweet to leave your writing to everyone. The six word story, now that is one I don’t really get. “She cooked, I ate than slept.” Haha (I was thinking about that six word story challenge yesterday) Love and hugs to you my friend. Have a blessed day.
    Your friend,

  4. I find this series amazing, a learning experience, a thought-provoking endeavour, learning your thoughts, your insights and your knowledge is an incredible experience. Yes, the Yin and Yang of writing is that peculiar combination of work and joy! And what we do write we leave as symbolic of our love. Great Tidbits, as always, all the best Brad!

  5. kristianw84 says:

    Love & agree with every single tidbit!!

  6. Jim Borden says:

    empathy is such a great trait to have; and how true about the Yin and Yang of writing. And as to your ego, as Muhammad Ali said, it ain’t bragging if you can do it. And with 1,000 poems, you have proven you can do it.

    And I’ll admit to falling to using the six word story when times were desperate and midnight was approaching… 🙂

  7. These tidbits are enlightening. Thanks for sharing them Brad, this should not be a limited series but a marathon.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thanks, Vinayak! IT originally was slated to be a limited six-month series, as I had written all the quotations before I started the series. But because of the popularity, I am doing what I can to keep it going. I am glad you enjoy it!

  8. You are the best, my darling poet. I love all of them.

  9. petespringerauthor says:

    The one I most connected with was the thoughts regarding empathy. When we identify with any character, it is often through empathy.

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