Joining us today for a very special guest post is Susane Colasanti, author of WHEN IT HAPPENS, TAKE ME THERE and WAITING FOR YOU. She's currently in the middle of a blog tour in support of her upcoming novel, SOMETHING LIKE FATE, where she discusses a fate-related topic at each stop. Below, she talks a bit about creative visualization, and answers three questions sent in by our readers. Be sure to visit Suzanne's own blog tomorrow, where she'll respond to the remainder of your submissions. SOMETHING LIKE FATE will hit shelves May 4th, but in the meantime, you can take a peek at the first three chapters here.
High school was the worst time of my life. Junior high was awful, too. Which meant surviving six years of the most excruciating pain I’ve ever known (and trust me, more painful times were had in my grownup life, but I know things will never be that bad again). The only thing that helped me get through it all was the hope that my life would eventually get better. I couldn’t wait for my real life to start. I couldn’t wait to get away from the people who were making me miserable. I held on tight to the hope that things would improve and I never let go.
I’m happy to report that I was right. Life did get better after high school. For the first time, I could feel things changing. My life finally seemed like it was going somewhere good instead of being stuck in place for what felt like forever. In college, I made plans for what I wanted my ideal life to look like. I was very specific, writing everything down in my journal. Suddenly, the possibility of everything was so exciting. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was beginning the process of creative visualization, which involves imagining your ideal life and then taking steps to create it. A few years later, I read CREATIVE VISUALIZATION by Shakti Gawain (the same book Sara reads in WHEN IT HAPPENS) and realized that what I was doing had the potential to exceed my expectations.
Here’s the basic idea. Think about how you want your life to be. The career you want, where you’d like to live, the kind of relationships you’d like to have, everything you can think of. Write it all down. Be specific. When you have a clear idea about the things you want the most, focus on the one that’s most important to you. Now take steps every day to move closer to that goal. Keep in mind that life is all about decisions. The decisions you make every day are shaping your life in big and small ways. If you keep moving towards your goal and believe in it with your whole heart, one day that dream will become your reality. This process has worked for me, and it can totally work for you, too!
Maddy P: What makes you sit down and write?
Most days I look forward to working because I love my job. I’m really fortunate in that way. However, there are days when I’m feeling distracted or tired or it’s so gorgeous outside that the last thing I want to be is stuck at my desk (no offense to my sexy iMac). Those are the days when I need a little extra incentive to get to work. Quality chocolate may be involved. As in, If I finish three pages, I can take a break and have a few pieces of this Godiva Gold Collection. Please note that I’m being extravagant with my example. When do I ever have a box of Godiva Gold Collection sitting around? Never, that’s when. But, you know, peanut M&Ms work just as well in this scenario. More importantly than promising myself treats, I think about the big picture. My readers are seriously important to me. They are why I write. Reminding myself of this is usually all I need to get going.
Sarah H: What was the first book you remember being able to read by yourself without any help?
Wow, that’s hard to remember! I’m guessing it was something like PAT THE BUNNY. But I do remember being obsessed with Shel Silverstein’s books, like THE MISSING PIECE and THE GIVING TREE. I even recorded an audio book of LAFCADIO way before audio books existed. I got out my prized tape recorder with the handle, sat on the floor of my room, and proceeded to deliver a dramatic reading about a lion who is torn between two worlds.
Jackie: Which of your characters are you most similar to?
Definitely Sara from WHEN IT HAPPENS. That book was inspired by some of my own experiend animal I’ve had since I was five.ces during senior year. Sara and I have a lot in common. We’re both into archival scrapbooking. We both played the violin. We both have a thing for blue lights. And her koala bear, Chez, is my real stuffed animal I've had since I was five.
-- Susane Colasanti