Tuesday Tidbits #87


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!


A harsh word is like the barb on a hook. Even after it is removed and the pain subsides, there is the scar of remembrance.

That tiny little picture of a published author on the rear cover of a book can bring some fame and lack of anonymity. Not for me though, I used a picture from twenty years ago when I looked marvelous.

The real draw for any writer is the stage. We love to speak to people who never interrupt. To be heard and seen in the spotlight of our words. Read, noticed, recognized. We are the prima donnas in white and ink.

Great writing is like a welcome mat at the door. A place to stop after the long day and brush off the dirt of the outside world. A place to exhale and fall into the comfort of home.

I was blessed to see much of this big world as a young man. But in my youth, it is books that let me travel to places I had never heard of and likely kindled some of the adventure to see for myself. Our world is only as big as we make it.

I do not write to be unique. I search for the antithesis of uniqueness. Feelings, stories, thoughts that show how common we are in ways we may have forgotten. When humanity focuses what we share, and not on how pretty we shine, certainly better days lie ahead.

Many times, my readers incorrectly assume a poem is the reflection of a personal experience in my own life, when in fact it is not. At first, I found this disconcerting, but I have learned that this just might be the greatest compliment a writer can get.


Now get out there and write something!


26 Responses to “Tuesday Tidbits #87”
  1. Gibberish says:

    Some great quotes there 😍

  2. beth says:

    i love the pic on back of the book one, hilarious!

  3. I, who should know you better than any of your readers, am guilty of assuming you are writing from a personal place of experience. The fact that your writing can seduce my brain to go there is a testament to how powerful your talent is!

  4. Isha says:

    Lovely quotes!
    I especially love the third one!

  5. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    I fully agree that a poem, no matter how personal it sounds, is probably the narration of something that has nothing to do with the writer. Poetry is art and art is created, manipulated and invigorated with an emotional response but it may be one totally different from what the poem says.

  6. kristianw84 says:

    I imagine you still look marvelous, Brad. The fact that you can write poetry that isn’t from personal experience and eludes your readers to believe it is, shows how talented you really are!

  7. Jim Borden says:

    love the quote about uniqueness…

    and sometimes those scars are what make us more reilient…

    great job, Brad…

  8. I enjoy my Tuesday morning cups of tea because they come with Tidbits!

  9. petespringerauthor says:

    My two favorites are the picture on the back of the cover and comparing a welcome mat to writing.

  10. jonicaggiano says:

    I love and enjoy your tidbits so much Brad. This week especially this one:

    “Great writing is like a welcome mat at the door. A place to stop after the long day and brush off the dirt of the outside world. A place to exhale and fall into the comfort of home.”

    So true, a way to disappear and you find yourself where ever the books lead you. Disappearing from reality for a while which is some times a welcome relief. Sending my love and hugs always to you Brad. xoxoxox Jonikins

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