I sat down today to write a review of the book I just finished and I realised something: I’m terrible at writing reviews.
Let me count the ways:
- I find it almost impossible to reduce a work of hundreds of pages into 300 entertaining and informative words – it wouldn’t surprise me if a review of mine actually put someone off a book I loved because I’m so bad at describing how awesome it was
- When it’s a book I loved, I have a lot of trouble finding the line between unbiased praise and all-out gushing
- I read other people’s reviews and they are filled with words like ‘oeuvre’ and ‘mordant’, while I’m sitting on thesaurus.com trying to find new ways of saying ‘I liked it a lot’
- I have all kinds of issues finding the balance between revealing enough of the story to interest people, but keeping enough hidden to avoid pissing off the spoiler police
- And then I get all angsty that nothing I could write would be good enough to be associated with the words of a genuinely talented writer and so I inevitably end up canning the whole thing.
I think essentially it comes down to a lack of practice and confidence (and probably talent), but it’s something I would like to get better at – I mean, it’s kind of an important part of having a book blog right? So does anyone have any advice or tips or words of encouragement for me?
Categories: Book life