Rock You Like A Hurricane

Nope, I’m not here to tell you about 80’s hair bands.  (Though I do have a particular fondness for that Scorpions’ hit that my alma mater loves to play at football games.  I freely admit to pumping up the volume and rockin’ out to “Rock You Like A Hurricane.”)  I’m talking about the real thing.  Real hurricanes.  Those nasty, furious, window-bursting, tree-uprooting forces of nature that get named.  And the most fearsome of those storms have their name retired.  Kind of like sports jerseys of the greatest players to be hung in their respective stadiums and arenas.

I have plans for a hurricane (yet to be named) to force its way into one of my stories.  And it’s going to force two unwilling characters together.  I admit, my current plans have the hurricane to be more of a backdrop, but since this topic came up about how weather causes conflict in our stories, I’m giving it a bit more thought.

Why a hurricane?  Why not snow?  Or a tornado?  Icy roads?  Or even a perfectly sunny day?  Because I’m a Floridian by birth and spent all of my youth and much of my adulthood in a hurricane-prone zone.  I’ve only experienced the category 1’s and 2’s.  I evacuated Miami when Hurricane Andrew struck, but I saw the devastation afterwards.  I think I’ve got something I can work with there.

Has weather affected your stories?  If so, how?

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About Micki Gibson

Young Adult fiction writer
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8 Responses to Rock You Like A Hurricane

  1. jeff7salter says:

    I like your idea about employing a hurricane in a story.
    Hurricanes present a lot more opportunities for developing tension than some of the other natural disasters. Often we’d have several days of watching the ‘track’ as the storm intensified and shifted. Great dramatic possibilities in those days.
    With tornados, you maybe have a few mins. warning. With earthquakes (I’m told) practically none.

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    • Micki Gibson says:

      I love being able to track a storm. Or rather, I’m glad I have a chance to bail if something ugly is headed my way. Probably one reason I hated living in California for a year. I don’t do well with zero warning.

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  2. Lindsay says:

    I agree with Jeff that using a hurricane would be a different approach to bring two people together. To date I haven’t used weather as a character in one of my books but that’s not to say it won’t happen sometime in the future

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    • Micki Gibson says:

      When I think about how much time I had to spend with other family after Hurricane Andrew, I cringe at the possibility of ever doing it again. I’d rather take my chances with the storm. My romance would become a murder mystery…who I’d kill first and it would be a mystery on where I hid the bodies. 😉

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  3. HEHEHE. Can’ talk about it today because i am chatting about it tomorrow!! But yeah, I’ve used weather as a character!

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  4. danicaavet says:

    I haven’t used weather to bring characters together, but I do have a plan to bring a hurricane to my characters and make them deal with it.

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    • Micki Gibson says:

      A hurricane is a great instigator. There are so many possibilities. Bringing people together, keeping them apart, fighting over the last jug of fresh water in the grocery store… Not that I’ve crafted anything yet, but it seems like a good freewriting exercise.

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