Writing through family, chaos and Nor’easters …

What do you need after surviving a hurricane or super storm?  Certainly not a Nor’easter that drops a foot of snow!

Yet, as I mentioned my previous post about Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey has had a lot of practice in dealing with all kinds of weather.  And with that practice, bouncing back becomes the name of the game.

I knew I had to find a way to work around the chaos of yesterday’s Nor’easter and concentrate on what needed to be done to finish my books. My search started and ended with a speech I heard in 2009 at the National Romance Writers of America Conference in Washington, DC. 

New York Times best-selling  author, Linda Howard (and one of my favorites) was the keynote speaker at the event’s luncheon, and one of the things she shared with us was how to write through chaos.

She had the audience in stitches as she shared zany goings on about her family, everyday family things to which you could nod your head  and agree that everyone has an eccentric or colorful relative.   And at the end of her tale, her message was clear, “if I can write through my family, you can too.”

A couple of days ago, her message rang loud and clear.  And as I powered up my computer, I realized that I can write during this Nor’easter.  So I did.

For the past few days, I’ve been writing, and focusing on two projects:

One project is the sequel to my first book, “The Heat Between Us.” The second book entitled, “Beneath a Waterfall” focuses on the relationship between a nurse—a single mother trying to raise her son— a gorgeous CFO who has loved her since high school, and her abusive, ex-lover who sets out to claim his son, and the trust fund attached to him.

The second is an expansion of my short story, “Treasure in San Juan,” to a novella. “Treasure” is about a successful business woman who flies to Puerto Rico to marry a man who she believes is her perfect match in every way—especially financially. However, her plan for a perfect merger crumbles when she falls in love with a local cab driver, who she believes can offer her nothing but love.

For now, the bad weather is behind us (fingers crossed!)  and warmer winds will prevail over the weekend.  I have my work cut out for me, and I plan on following through.  To coin a phrase from the phenomenal Nora Roberts—I will have my “Ass in Chair,” and I will write up a storm.


8 thoughts on “Writing through family, chaos and Nor’easters …

  1. Wow – you certainly don’t need any more weather “events” out there! Now I have even fewer excuses to put my Ass in Chair as well! Good luck – you sound incredibly productive!

    • nettrobbens says:

      Yes, it’s been a little nuts lately! But I feel good forging ahead. In my mind, I’m in a race to finish one, of not both projects by the end of the year. I’ll see if the fingers can catch up. Thanks for the encouragement!

  2. R.A. DeFranco says:

    Ass in seat, Nett! Go for it! Your projects sound awesome as does your enthusiasm. Keep going! Are you doing NaNo this year?

    • nettrobbens says:

      Thanks, R.A! No, I’m not doing an official NaNo this year. But I’m putting the pressure on and giving myself a deadline until the end of the year.

  3. Nicole Doran says:

    Hey there! I hear you and I second it all. The chaos in my house with no school for two weeks is absolutely nuts. But when I’m in the zone I find that I’m getting a lot written. You just have to do it! Great job..and keep going.
    Nicole 🙂

    • nettrobbens says:

      Nicole you are so right! When you’re in that zone the thoughts just flow. The past couple of days have been good for me and I can’t stop now!

  4. mlfables says:

    Hi, I’ve nominated you for The Beautiful Blogger Award!

    Don’t worry you aren’t obligated to take part, but if you decide to, the rules for the award can be found here : http://morganlefables.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/ive-been-nominated/

    P.S. I hope the weather has improved over there. 🙂

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