Is there a “right” way to write reviews?
I’ve struggled with this question for years and I really feel that in a way it held me back from writing as many reviews as I really wanted to write. I never felt that my reviews were professional…or did the books the justice that I felt was their due.
I kept comparing myself to other reviewers
My biggest issue was that I continually compared myself to other reviewers.
They analyzed the text better than I did: They delved deep into the subtext and metaphors. They compared the text to other works. Why couldn’t I dig deep and remember my College English days and review that way??
And then I had to remind myself…that I am not writing for a professional publication, I am not being paid to spend hours analyzing text! I am doing this as a hobby…FOR FUN…because I love books and want to share that love…
Their reviews had more energy than mine: So if I’m all about the love why are their reviews full of OMG’s and exclamation points and even endless GIFs. Why couldn’t I exude that same level of enthusiasm? Were my reviews too boring??
OK, so I am not an outgoing, loud person in general…so why should my reviews be that way…I can’t do justice to the book if I am not being myself…
My reviews were just too short: Most of all I was intimidated by the sheer length of a lot of the reviews that I read. How in the world did they all write such long reviews??
And then I really re-read those reviews and realized that most of the time…95% of the review was recap….and only the last line in each paragraph was actually an opinion or original thought. I don’t recap in my reviews….I just post the synopsis and then my thoughts…so of course that type of review will be longer…
So I let myself off the hook
I realized that I was being way too hard on myself and that if I wanted to continue blogging…I needed to make peace with my own reviewing style. So now I just write what and how I feel like. Sometimes my reviews are long, but most are not. Sometimes I write in paragraphs…sometimes I just outline some key points. Other times, I just write mini reviews. And that is ok.
The important thing is that I am sharing my thoughts and opinions. I don’t claim to be an expert…I don’t claim to be a professional.
And I’ve started enjoying blogging and writing reviews again 🙂
For me: There is no one right way to write a review!
Then I almost relapsed
And then I almost relapsed. I read another reviewer’s post and she mentioned that she was once again considering giving up blogging because she no longer has the desire to write “thoughtful” reviews. It got me thinking…are my reviews thoughtful enough…or am I just spouting a few opinions? Am I good enough to keep blogging?
Luckily, I caught myself and shut that line of thinking down quickly…but I’m sure it won’t be the last time I question myself.
So tell me…what kind of reviews do you write? And are you happy with your style or are you constantly comparing yourself to others?
Is there a right way to write reviews??