Retreats And One Jane’s Motivation …by Susan Lute

In her last post Darla whetted your whistles by mentioning we were retreating for a weekend of writing. I want to continue the discussion, and how this particular retreat reminded me of why I write. I didn’t get any writing done, had a list of other To-Do’s, and we had drop-ins. We did talk A LOT about the current state of the industry, and what obstacles keep us from writing. I’m not going to give you the list, but we did touch on a subject that was interesting.

It won’t surprise you to find out I come from a long line of strong women. GiGi, the matriarch, is still with us, living a vital life. We are four generations down to the youngest who is twenty-two months and a cyclone on steroids.

My daughter coaches her daughter’s soccer team. There is nothing more fun than watching five year-olds get it together enough to make a goal, or sitting on the sidelines watching the coach motivate her team. A couple of games back Coach had a little problem. One of her players didn’t want to play. Mom had already used all of her arsenal and in frustration threatened, I’m going to get your father. Henry folded his arms across his chest, dropped his chin, and stared at his shoes. His lower lip quivered. While mom marched off to find dad, Coach squatted next to him.

In a rare show of patience (these strong women in my family are not known for their patience), she gently asked, are you sure you don’t want to play?


Okay, Buddy, that’s okay. But you know, you’re such a good player, and your team needs you out there.

I don’t want to play.

I understand. I wish you’d change your mind.

Noooooo. More quivering lip. A tear or two.

Will you play if I give you a pepperoni stick?

Henry’s gaze snapped up, eyes instantly dry. YES!

You have to play first.

Okay, Coach.

When mom got back with dad, Henry was happily kicking the ball down the field to the goal, and Coach was grinning from ear to ear.

Motivation. What a beautiful sight. And a sly mistress. So what motivates a writer to write? Not the money said writer will make, that’s for sure. Most of us have day jobs, families, homes to take care of, friendships to nurture. We fit the writing in where we can. Unless you can put out book after book for the first two years, you won’t make a ton of money right off the bat. Not enough to quit the day job anyway. So what motivates you to take time out of your already busy life and write?

For me it’s weekends like the one I just shared with my buds. It’s judging contests, offering suggestions to new writers about their work. It’s putting together an anthology of romance novellas, getting the project into book form and ready to publish. It’s working on the next cover, sharing the stages of development with friends who understand cover design is one of the challenges that makes my blood pump fast. It’s discussing the vulgarities of this changing industry. It’s raising Bailey’s and chocolate to each other’s success. It’s publishing the next book.

Over the next few months we three Janes have new books coming out. Stayed tuned. We’re going to have a celebration


About Susan

Author, wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, dreamer.

Posted on October 1, 2012, in General and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I miss the annual retreats of my former group in Canada. Inspirational. BTW, congrats on new releases coming up!


  2. Ah, pepperoni sticks. If only that could motivate me. 🙂 Glad you all had a nice retreat. It sounds like heaven.


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