This week’s question: How do you write your reviews?
Answer: Not very well.
Better answer: I usually wait 2-4 days after finishing the book so that I have time to think about it and let everything sink in. Then I start by writing my own synopsis because the ones that come with books often suck. Seriously, I sometimes wonder if the summary-writers even bothered to read the book before writing the synopsis.
Next, I write down all of my thoughts about the characters, plot, dialogue, pacing, world-building, structure, theme, tone, and writing style. No spoilers. I think about how this book compares to the author’s other books and to similar books in the genre. Then I try my hardest to organize my thoughts into something that people can actually read. My first drafts of reviews are usually hot messes.
I point out the positive and negative aspects of every book. I never want my reviews to sound like I’m bashing a book, so I attempt to write two positive comments for every negative comment. I also try to start and end the review with something positive. An exception to this is my DNF reviews. For me to DNF a book, I have to really, really not like it. Those reviews always come out more negative than positive.
Finally, I keep my reviews between 200 and 600 words. Short reviews don’t look legitimate, and I have a suspicion that nobody actually reads long reviews.
That’s it. You now know all of my reviewing secrets. Go forth and review books.
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