Amber’s Rambles is a semi-weekly feature where I discuss bookish and blogging topics. To read past Rambles, you can go here.
So I just asked a question on my Twitter, a bit of a rhetorical question, but a question none the less. It was “Does anyone else ever “forget” how to review when they haven’t done it in weeks?” and then went on to say that I have “serious” writer’s block, compared to, you know, unserious writer’s block.
My last review was written on the sixth. Since then I’ve drafted reviews, outlined reviews and read a semi-constant stream of books. I typically try to post my reviews on Tuesdays and Thursdays, along with the occasional Friday/Saturday review, if I didn’t post on Tuesday/Thursday. I like having a regular schedule for reviews and I’ve been pretty good with it…Until things like this happened.
It always happens the same way, it’s around 9 at night, I finally sit down to write my review and….
I can’t remember much of what I want to say. On top of that, what I DO want to say, I don’t know how to form into a logical, cohesive, eye catching, amazing review. You see my problem, yes?
This is where the writer’s block comes in.I try to rack my brain saying “REMEMBER THE BOOK. REMEMBER ALL YOUR LIKES/DISLIKES, JUST WRITE”, but of course, my hands don’t really listen and my mind doesn’t really have any thoughts.
However, sometimes I CAN think of something, but then I worry about “forgetting” to mention something or not writing my review well enough or my review just lacking in general.
Reviews have always been the most stressful part of blogging for me, it’s not that I don’t like to do it, I do. I’m just a procrastinator that doesn’t write reviews right after finishing a book (which I’ve been working on) and then totally pushing the review off until I decide it’s “time” to post it which means I have to go back and actually write it.
So what I wanted to ask you, review prodigies and fellow bloggers/friends…What do you do when the review just won’t come to you? Or a post in general? Do you “forget” how to review books when you’ve been out of practice? Any tips for how to review a book that you’re just not sure how to get your feelings across? I want to know all of your thoughts.
And then of course there’s the pressure of making sure you do this amazing book you just finished reading and completely loved and have been recommending to everyone, justice in your review. Because what if you don’t get your feelings across adequately!? What if you forget something you were totally fangirling about when you read it?! What if you you can’t explain how much you love it without saying “I loved it”. What do you do then?