Tuesday Tidbits #60



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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!

The work in creating a poem can often dull the shine of the words, as they are muddied by repetition and re-writing. Even when completed, the sound of it in your own voice, yet again, seems to give it no justice. But when it is read aloud by someone else, and you truly hear it for the first time, there may be more there than you thought.


I am not a novelist. I do not hew a clear path of storyline to follow. I am a poet. I leave breadcrumbs and let the reader figure out where their story goes.


The adulation of the public is certainly nice. But it is amongst my poet peers that I seek the validation of my work. It is from those practiced in the craft that I can expect an honest opinion and find the most growth.


Writers must equally engage in the consumption of all types of art. Creativity and expression are only guided by the medium chosen. But the lessons to be learned are not.


When it comes to writing poetry, I cannot multitask. It is a singularly focused endeavor that consumes every synapsis of the mind. A train of thought can be easily uncoupled by distraction.


Every once in a while, I will think of a perfect line for a poem. It is usually a few lines prior to where it should go in the verse. And as I write to get there, I lose the phrase. Those are the ghosts that haunt my pages like a love lost.


It is easy to take a line of seven words and turn it into ten, but often impossible to turn it into four.


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Now get out there and write something!

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Comments
18 Responses to “Tuesday Tidbits #60”
  1. beth says:

    my fav is the ‘breadcrumbs’ one, I so get this

  2. Secrets says:

    I do love reading the Tuesday Tidbits… they are always so encouraging and inspiring. Thanks again Brad.

  3. Brad, all are gorgeous.
    Can I take this “When it comes to writing poetry, I cannot multitask. It is a singularly focused endeavor that consumes every synapsis of the mind. A train of thought can be easily uncoupled by distraction.” ?
    I love your writings.
    xoxo

  4. Jim Borden says:

    I like the comparison between writing a novel and writing a poem…

    and I’m with you on the multitasking; I can’t do it when I am trying to write.

    and I know that feeling of losing the perfect line; in my case, it’s losing an idea for a blog post that I had earlier in the day…

  5. jonicaggiano says:

    I love this. You know it is my process to do number one as well. If it doesn’t sound right with someone else reading it. I work a lot more. All the things you said were essentially true for me as well. I do my best writing when no one is around. Great wisdom and info my friend. Sending lots and lots of love. ❤️🤗💕😘🥰Jonikins

  6. I tell you those last two tidbits are so, so true! Great words, great thoughts, as usual, and I am thinking a lot about this one: ” I leave breadcrumbs and let the reader figure out where their story goes.” I find that to be one of the best descriptions of what we do as poets, and I mean poets of words, music and paint and brush…Splendid work my friend!
    All the best to you,
    FBC.

  7. I miss you and I just wanna curl up into your lap and fall asleep 💤

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