I'm reading "Eight Keys to Making a Good Book Great" in RWR magazine. Would you like to follow along on one of their exercises with me?
"I know you've heard 'write what you know': Write the emotions you know, and they will give authenticity to your writing."Funny, I've just been priding myself in writing what I know. My current book is about Grand Lake and Tulsa Oklahoma and about the world of people who grew up in the oil business. And yes, that's my life.
My dad was a welder, but created components used in oil wells and pipelines. My second husband (stay with me here) was from a pipeliner family. Both he and his father had traveled the world, building pipelines that carried the oil from place to place.
My third (and final) husband is a Reservoir Engineer. That's the guy (or gal) who keeps track of how much oil a company has in the ground. Very complex stuff. Even I work for a software company that creates software for energy trading and logistics. I am a weapon of mass instruction. I help teach people how to use the program--create the lessons for use both online and in the classroom.
I didn't think much about the pattern until I worked on this exercise. Now I will consciously play with it, and, if this book is a success, remember to create a different rhythmical, emotional (and complex) pattern for each of my books in the future.