Monday, October 8, 2018

What Facts Have Grown From Your Fiction? By Kimberly Sabatini

Sometimes when writing, we have a glorious moment where we stumble upon an unexpected and illuminating deep thought. It often feels too big and wonderful to have come from our own limited scope of abilities as a writer and a person. It causes us to suck in a breath or tremble with the magnitude of what we've just discovered. It is a thought that rises from our imaginations but feels like a universal truth. And in some capacity, it changes us.

Discovering those moments is one of my favorite parts of writing. But immediately after I've been affected, I then hope there might one day be a reader who will also find themselves altered by my words or ideas.

In my novel, TOUCHING THE SURFACE, this thought grew from my fiction and has had a lasting effect on how I see and navigate the world...

Life altering mistakes are meant to alter lives.

And as a reader, I've recently been deeply moved by Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Cycle. This particular quote from book Four--The Raven King stuck with me...

“If you can’t be unafraid, Henry said, be afraid and happy.” 
― Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven King

In everything I read and write, I am always on the lookout for facts and truth that grow from imagination and fiction. I loved to plumb my own depths and share what I've discovered. I also crave exposure to universal truths as they appear through someone else's lens of experience.

I would love it if you'd share your moments of illumination as a writer and or a reader. What facts have grown from your fiction?


  1. I love that idea about mistakes being meant to alter lives. We always try to erase our mistakes. But maybe they're never meant to be erased.

  2. Wow... profound. I know we learn the deepest lessons through our mistakes...maybe that's why they should never be erased.