One post I never thought I’d write is how to write reviews. Yet here we are. Hi! This isn’t a real how to write reviews. I don’t believe in those. I think everyone can write a review without a how to guide as long as they practice and are willing to learn. However I see a lot of posts about how to reviews so I guess there is a need for them.
Below are some of the points I live by when it comes to reviews. I think they are more important than a set format or whether or not you should note take.
There is No Set Format
There isn’t. There never was and there never will be. If you like to write reviews in paragraphs, or bullet point or make a graphic to show the good and the bad, go for it. And if you like to switch it up, do it. If you don’t write a review in your own way it is never going to feel authentic to its readers. Or that is how that works for me.
People Like to Hear About Plot, Characters and Writing Styles
While it doesn’t change what I write I keep in mind these three points. However if I have nothing to say about the writing style or plot things are too spoiler heavy, than I don’t or barely mention them. This goes hand in hand with the above. Don’t force yourself to say things about parts of the book where you don’t actually have anything to say about. You don’t have to say something about everything.
Don’t Attack Authors Personally
I think that is one of the biggest no go as a reviewer. As much as you dislike a book it doesn’t nessecarily say anthing about the author itself. You can dislike a book, critique its contents without having to insult the author. In the end they worked very hard on it and even though you didn’t like it, you don’t have to shit all over it.
Always Mention If You Have Read an ARC
Or received a free finished copy from the publisher. It is important to state to be transparent. There has always been question about reviewers who take on free copies if that doesn’t influence our opinions. It doesn’t. It shouldn’t. But it is the one of the reasons why we have to say it.
Trigger Warnings Are Important
Trigger warnings still seem to be controversial. Its a personal thing whether or not to use them in reviews. I personally use them as a tag point at the start of the review to sum it up before my review what goes on in the book. People can decide than straight away if something can trigger them and not even want to read the review. I think that is important. I’ve seen how things can trigger people in my direct surroundings. Even if trigger warnings don’t seem important to you personally it can be important to factor in how that might be for others and who you write your reviews for. Is it solely for yourself or do you also want to inform others? Important questions to ask yourself I think during the reviewing process as you begin.
You Can’t Do It Wrong, Not Really
As long as you are a decent human being there is no wrong going. Use common sense. It gets you a long way.
What kind of points do you always have in mind when writing reviews?