Monday, May 18, 2015

[Coffee Shop Talks] How Do You Write Your Reviews?

I always wing it. Most of the time I never know what I'm going to say or how I'm going to say it until I sit down at my computer. Occasionally I'll take notes or I'll highlight certain parts of the story on my kindle and I'll reference them later on when I'm writing my review, but there is really no pattern to it. 
I have noticed that my reviews have gotten much shorter. I think there are two reasons for this. One is because my life is busier than it used to be. I read less and I write less. The other reason is that when I'm reading someone else's review and it goes into a lot of depth, I end up just skimming or even skipping most of it. I look for the highlights. I want to know what was liked, what was disliked, and I want to skip reading an outline of the story and lengthy details about each character. I think this has become reflected in my own reviews. 
How do you write your reviews? I would love to know! ~Cat



Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger said...

I take notes in a review journal on each book I read (for pleasure or review) and then type out the notes that I feel are key to my review in a word document. This helps me remember what I've read and to not have to worry about glancing down at my notes when writing the review - they are all just sitting in the same page I'm writing my reviews. I have some short term memory issues not to mention OCD/anxiety so this helps me feel more in control AND remember to hit key issues. Though it's not a 100% perfect plan, it really does help :)

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