I just recently read a blog post by Becky @ A Fool’s Ingenuity where she talked about tips for people who think their reviews are getting too repetitive. After reading, I started thinking about my own book reviews and how they really are repetitive.
I started thinking that maybe this is why I despise writing book reviews. My book reviews were always the same: “this book was amazing”, “the writing was brilliant”, “the characters were dull”. Because of this, I ended up changing my “book reviews” to “book thoughts” simply because I didn’t feel like I was truly reviewing the book, just explaining my thoughts on the book.
Then upon further thinking, I realized that I never really explain why a book is good or the writing brilliant or the characters dull. I do keep a notebook to write down all of my thoughts, but when I sit down to write a review I can never think of what to say. I end up writing my bulletin points down, but the thoughts are usually so jumbled and I never know how to organize my thoughts into a “proper” review.
Because of this, I get stressed out writing. I want to write quality stuff but I feel like my reviews are lacking. I need to find a better way to express myself in words that people are interested in reading.
Lets discuss: How do you guys like to do your reviews? Do you make categories such as the follow: writing, characters, plot? Do you have a preference on reading certain review layouts? Any advice? Do you struggle with writing reviews as well?