The crux of any book blog, book reviews are a chance to get in depth and spark discussions.
But sometimes they take a long time.
As in, you’re sitting at your computer with a draft open and ten minutes later, you’ve got nothing but a blank page.
Here are five tips to help you write book reviews faster:
1. Write While You Read– While you are reading, take a note card and fill it up with things that stick out to you, thus saving time later on.
2. Have A Format– Whether it’s summary/review/rating, simply summary/review, or some other mix, having a fixed format will save time.
3. Cut Away Distractions– Close all your browser windows, save the one you’re writing in. No twitter. No facebook. Just you, the book, and your impending review.
4. Freewrite– Try not to overthink things and just take a few minutes to write without regard to punctuation, style, or word choice. That’s what editing is for. You might be surprised what will come out if you spend a minute or two just letting things flow.
5. Put it Away– If you’ve hit a brick wall and can’t seem to bust through, don’t be afraid to put the review away and work on another where you can be more productive.
Close all browser windows except the one you’re writing in, pick a book out of your To Be Reviewed pile, and spend just three minutes freewriting- write down whatever comes to mind.
I’d love to hear how it went! How much did you come up with- a sentence or a paragraph?