Tuesday Tidbits #42


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!

When do you know a composition is done? That benchmark is different for every writer. For me, it is a balance between how happy I am to put my name on it and how hard I have battled to beat it into submission. I would like to think, most of the time, I win.

If you cannot look back and dislike some of the person that you used to be, then you have not grown. I am appalled by some of the things I have said, thought or done in the past. But I was given a chance to change every day and I hope I have used them well.

In the metaphorical world of poetry and prose, we find a place where ambiguity is the purpose. Where subtle hint and wink bid a knowing that goes beyond the words. An interpretive dance of noun and verb that resonates within the reader’s own subconscious. And reveals to them, things the poet never saw.

There is no way to consume poetry without it being filtered by our own interpretation of the artist’s intent and meaning. Unknown reference and unshared experiences are amalgamated into our own perception of what the artist sought to convey. Given no providence, we often miss a more hidden beauty within the words.

As writers, we sometimes forget to use the visual techniques of art in our work. Concepts such as framing, focal point, exaggerated proportions, and depth of field can all be beautifully articulated in written word. Our job is to conjure the most complete image for the reader in what we write.

I do not fear my words will not be remembered. I may well leave more than a million words in the wake of my life. My fear is that, in all of them, I will not have said anything.

Great writing is not measured in beauty or eloquence, verbiage, or vehicle. It is measured by distance. It is about how far you can move a reader. It is about meters and miles.


Now get out there and write something!


14 Responses to “Tuesday Tidbits #42”
  1. beth says:

    i really like the quote about reflecting on what we’ve done, and being given another chance

  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    “Our job is to conjure the most complete image for the reader in what we write.” This is truly brilliant and exact. You have written the truth here, as you do always with these Tuesdays Tidbits, but the fact that we can…and should…paint pictures with our words is something that can add so much to our writing. Great post my friend!
    All the best,

  3. jonicaggiano says:

    Really interesting facts about writing Brad. They were all great for different reasons. I too am glad that we have to change our past and be better with the days to come.

    “Concepts such as framing, focal point, exaggerated proportions, and depth of field can all be beautifully articulated in written word,” I love this.

    We can all hopefully feel good about what we have written once we sign our name. A feeling of accomplishment.

    Thanks Brad. Beautiful said. I am sending lots of hugs and love. ❤️🦋

  4. Jim Borden says:

    I love your last quote about how much you can move a reader.

    And you do not have to worry about your legacy; you have said a lot in your words and have enabled me to appreciate the beauty and power of poetry.

    And I am sure I have missed an artist’s meaning many times.

    Finally, I’m with you, I look back on things I have done and ways I have acted in the past and hopefully I’ve learned from such poor behavior…

  5. kristianw84 says:

    Thank god it’s Tuesday!! Love these tidbits!!

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    Whew! I love the first quote. Finding that balance is important, although I’d have difficulty putting my name on something before I thought it was ready.

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