When Discovering Aberration is a Good Thing!

LADIES AND GENTS: Prepare yourselves for a wonderful treat! One of my dearest and earliest bloggers I met here on WordPress in the beginning, has done all I set out to do except he actually, actually accomplished it!

He is the hardest working, most dedicated author I know of and one of my fave authors sharing that honor with Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Clive Cussler, and yes my main man Charles Dickens.

Sit back, enjoy your read, and please dearest readers, please repost!  Let’s spread the word!

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 Creating

There is this thing out there floating around the universe hiding secretly behind every passion. I don’t know what it is, but I know it’s there planting seeds and fueling flames. The Romans called it a Genius (origin of the word Genii), a spirit that would inhabit the bodies of passionate people and make them feverishly create things.

I don’t know if I was ever possessed in such a manner. All I know is my life has been driven by a singular passion since I was young. Maybe it was planted when I was very small, this urge to create things and share them with others. Maybe it didn’t take form until I was older. Whatever the case, this passion, this creative drive has fueled every major decision in my life.

Hi, my name is S.C. Barrus and I’m a writer. I remember writing my first short story back when I was still in elementary school. It was a satire about the growth and bankruptcy of Microsoft and it was all of 2 pages long. I wrote it grinning all the while, convinced that the work was genius.

I was so excited to hear what others thought, I ran to my dad and began to read the work aloud. He listened patiently. He didn’t laugh, didn’t so much as smile. As my jokes fell flat, part of me fell through a hole.

I quit reading midway through. “Maybe I should write about something else…” I said nervously.

My dad looked at me with a quizzical half smile and said, “Maybe you should.”

For some reason, I didn’t stop writing that day. And my dad has been a huge support since (didn’t want to leave him hanging there ;)

I was in highschool when I really sat down and began writing a novel. I wrote it with a deep passion convinced it was a masterpiece. It was full of teen angst and sex and drugs, all the things my adolescent mind obsessed with, and was written with a style stolen directly from Chuck Palahniuk, my teen hero.

When I finished writing, I started exploring the strange world of publishing with a fervour. I taught myself about publishers and editors and agents, about queries and rejection. The process struck me as strange then, but I accepted it because I supposed “that’s the way it is”. It felt strange that I had put in so much work and alone created something, but when the book sells I’d get 15%. But then again, what did I know?

Despite my drive, the book was never picked up, and I was left with nothing but a stack of pages littered with ink. To this day, I’m glad I littered those pages with ink, because I learned so many valuable lessons. But I’m also glad it didn’t make it, because that taught me even more.

Despite the outcome, my creative writing teacher got behind me, and my school counselor began giving me gifts; books of poetry, pamphlets to writing contests, and an award for literary excellence. It might have been obvious, but I didn’t recognize it at that time. There were people guiding me from the beginning, people who believed in me.

Ira Glass once said that artists start creating art not because they are talented, but because they have good taste. It takes years before an artists work is any good. I was going through the motions, hoping to make a great work of art, writing and writing all the while. I pushed new stories into the world one after the other, sometimes publishing, but usually merely for the act of creating.

Then, two years ago, I began crafting another story. About midway through the writing of it, I realized that this was it. I was creating something worth standing behind and sharing with the world.

Check back next week for part 2 where I share with you the story behind my upcoming novel.

Cheers,

S.Cody Barrus

 

 

27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. IdealisticRebel
    Jul 09, 2013 @ 22:53:06

    This was completely wonderful. A true delight. Thank you. Blessings, Barbara

    Reply

  2. Barefoot Baroness
    Jul 07, 2013 @ 03:41:50

    Brilliant piece. Congrats and kudos to you. Once a writer.. always a writer. ~

    Reply

    • Bridgesburning Chris King
      Jul 07, 2013 @ 07:13:33

      Thanks for visiting Baroness. I love your site and your post about your love for elephants made me smile as I pictured a herd just wandering the house. :) Lovely smiley thought!

      Reply

      • Barefoot Baroness
        Jul 07, 2013 @ 07:38:29

        You are certainly a smile maker yourself! I love that thought. My little home is shared with my herd of about 200 elephants and the charmed energy they bring to this world is felt in my home.
        It delights me that this post spoke to you.
        I look forward to more time spent here getting to know you & your blog.
        Thank you Chris ~

  3. catkay1984
    Jul 07, 2013 @ 00:22:00

    Great post! Reblogged at http://funandmorebykay.wordpress.com/.

    Reply

  4. catkay1984
    Jul 07, 2013 @ 00:21:10

    Reblogged this on funandmorebykay and commented:
    Just had to share because creativity drives us all to write, paint, draw, make music, or whatever it is we do to get all the feelings and emotions out in whatever form we are called to utilize.

    Reply

  5. Chatter Master
    Jul 06, 2013 @ 13:27:35

    Reblogged this on The Chatter Blog and commented:
    From friend to friend to friend…

    Reply

  6. refinedrandomness
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 17:38:20

    Ooh- just loved the creativity from this man…cant wait to read the second post as well. Thank you for sharing this C.K. ~ Ellie.

    Reply

  7. souldipper
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 15:10:44

    No matter how much we’ve written, we are so tender. Or what our age. S.C. expresses so well the doubts, fears, determination and fortitude that the writing process presents even still.

    Thank you for not giving up and for continuing to share your gift, S.C.

    And you, too, Chris. Again, you’ve opened your heart and your blog to empower and support! In the creative world, it seems you still practice the essence of F. Nightingale’s life and contribution.

    Reply

  8. S.C. Barrus
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 11:50:12

    Thanks so much for posting this Chris! And thanks for reposting Joss. Having people like you help to share my work is really a special thing.

    Reply

  9. Chatter Master
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 11:02:29

    I can’t wait to see what his story is about!

    Reply

  10. The Domestic Fringe
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 10:57:21

    Can’t wait to read the second part of this. Love reading how authors develop their talent through the years. It always seems they’ve had this passion to write since childhood. Thanks for the introduction to this author.
    ~FringeGirl

    Reply

  11. Crowing Crone Joss
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 10:42:53

    Reblogged this on Crowing Crone Joss and commented:
    My friend Chris King says this is worth sharing and, after reading it through, I have to agree. Is there anything more exciting than seeing an artist grow and develop and get ready to burst open the doors of their craft?

    Reply

  12. Crowing Crone Joss
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 10:41:47

    is there anything more exciting than seeing an author develop and grow in their craft?

    Reply

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