Writer: Stevie Sanborn

Stevie Sanborn …  our first impression was that she was the embodiment of nice and kindness. As we began to talk more, though, we realized there was much more to Sanborn; underneath, we found a girl who was adventurous, and a person unafraid to say what they think. We found someone with such a creative mind that was just flowing with unbelievable ideas and unique stories. We had found a writer.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

It is a mix, actually. The passion I have for writing absolutely energizes me, but being creative for long periods of time takes a mental toll, and it can definitely get draining. For the most part, though, writing gives me life to every day. I always interweave some aspect of creative writing in my daily life.

Has there been a book that has really inspired you or pushed you towards writing? If so, what is it and why?

Growing up I hated reading. I have terrible reading comprehension, ironically. I found the first book I ever loved in junior high, which was “Thirteen Reasons Why.” That book sparked a love for complicated storylines that connect, and later when I fell in love with my favorite book, “Lolita,” I found my love for crafting sentences. Both books pushed me to focus on specific aspects of writing.

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

Finding the time to be creative, and summoning creativity at that designated time. I have been writing a novel since January 2014. If I had the time, it would be done, but alas, I have an abundance of responsibilities and a shortage of time. The free time I do have, I'm tired and usually do not have the mental energy to enter a fictional world and create the events to a life that doesn't exist. One day, I will live with my best friend Jillian in the mountains and I'll have all the time in the world to write my mind.

If you could write about anybody in your life, who would it be and why?

I only write about people in my life. Sometimes intentionally, sometimes subconsciously. I usually end up writing different versions of myself in my characters, and only realizing it afterwards.

How do you feel when you write?

How you feel after you take a few deep breaths, is how I feel when I write. I have severe asthma, but my chest doesn't feel so tight when I'm writing.

How has writing over time changed you as both a person and a writer?

Especially this past year since attending the Emerson Pre-College program, I've looked at the world like I look at a poem. Every word I say, every decision I make-- it all makes up what my life is and who I am, my poem. It all has to mean something, just like every word in a poem means something. I've become more deliberate with my actions. I think my life through before I live it. If what I am doing doesn't reflect who I believe that I am, I revise myself. I live, I write my experiences, I reflect and revise. The line between my soul and words is blurred.