Sunday, May 13, 2012

Help-Review Rut!

While I am a bit behind in reading, I am quite a bit behind in reviewing. I'm not really sure why because I've been enjoying the books I read and am excited to share about them with you and get your feedback as some of them have been popular around the blogosphere. And yet when I sit down, I get nothing. No words flow and my thoughts become muddled.

Now of course I don't have to review every book I read but do you have any tips for when you get stuck? Is there anything you do to shake up your review style to make it easier? Or do you just power through until you get your groove back?

Any help is greatly appreciated!


  1. i'm in a rut as well
    i think pov feedback from bloggy buddies is always gr8

  2. Sounds like to me Writer's Block is you ask me (and you don't have to be a book writer to get writer's block). This is pretty common. I tend to walk away from the material I'm writing and work on something else whenever that happens. I get stuck on a story or an essay and I just feel like it's not going the way that I want it, so I just put it in a drawer and work on something else in the meantime. I think what I would definitely do if I were you is just do what you normally do and read what you want to read but it's what YOU want to to read. Don't care about when it's been published, how old the book is, or even what other people will think about the book. Just read what YOU want to read.

    Perhaps start reading more pulitzer prize winning books like you tried to in the last post? Or maybe start exploring books that are outside your preferred genre or stuff you haven't tried before? If you do that, you might begin writing about things that are new and exciting. You'll be too focused on how new and exciting it is to even be stuck in the first.

    I hope that helps. :)

  3. LOL, I just noticed typos and incorrect word choices in my comment, but I hope you get what I mean. LOL :P

  4. This happens to me a lot. I try to keep notes while I'm reading. I use GR to update my reading progress and express my feelings about the book along the way. I go back and read these as ticklers when I need inspiration. Then when I sit down to write the review I always start with my personal note. I just start typing pretending to be telling a friend all I have to say about the book. I just ramble not really caring what I say or if it's in logical sequence. I also always try to touch on the way the book ended when I'm done with this at least I have some commentary. Then I go back and revise it over and over until I get something I like.

  5. When I have problems, I start using the draft function in blogger to write little notes to myself along the way. I also find it helps if I grab quotes that I like and jot them down.


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