A lot of people read books and feel so much like sharing their thoughts and opinions about it afterward. A lack of expertise in the area of book review writing, however, serves as an encumbrance to many of such people. A lot even set out writing the review only to hit a brick wall along the way. I’ve been in these positions before and in this post, I’ll be sharing 5 tips on writing book reviews.
BE WILLING TO WRITE BAD REVIEWS
To write great book reviews, you have to be willing to write bad ones first. Whether you share those bad reviews or not is completely up to you, but you’ll have to write them first. Take myself for an example, the first couple of reviews I wrote were terrible and I shared them. However, the more I kept at it, the better I got at writing book reviews. By the time I was writing this review, even I could tell I had gotten better at the review writing business. Be patient with yourself. Just like it is with other forms of writing, “the more you pen it, the better you get at it.”
IT’S BEST TO START WITH BOOKS ON TOPICS YOU ARE KNOWLEDGABLE/INTERESTED IN.
One thing that helps review writing is having a measure of knowledge on the topic of the book you’re reviewing. This way, you can speak with more confidence and authority, employing the appropriate lingo. The ability to write a review, giving off an expert authority vibe quickly earns the reviewer the readers respect. For your confidence sake, it best you start with books on topics you know, or, at least, you’re interested in.
READ AS MANY REVIEWS AS YOU CAN
This is one of those things I wish I did enough of when I started writing book reviews. It’s not advisable to opt to write in isolation. Read reviews other people are writing. Study how they go about it. I promise you, this exercise wouldn’t be a waste of your time. You’ll surely pick a thing or two about review writing while reading other people’s reviews. As a downside to it, this might result in you writing reviews in another person’s voice and style. However, one thing is guaranteed, over time, you will find your own unique voice and style.
SEARCH THE INTERNET FOR RESOURCES
There are tons of materials available online that can teach you the ropes of writing book reviews. It’s just like it is with almost every other topic out there. The internet – not police – is your friend. I did this – get resources from the internet – when I was about to start out writing reviews. And, did it benefit me? I’d like to say it did. I’ll be honest, most of the resources I got felt too technical at that time, majority actually were. But, nevertheless, I still found them helpful.
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DEVELOP YOUR REVIEW AS YOU READ
Some might expect that you finish reading up before you start developing your review. But, your review writing process and your reading can run simultaneously. In fact, they should. As you read, try to keep your mind open for ideas and angles that’ll strengthen your position. Opting to start building your review when you’re done reading will cost you some ideas. Read with a notepad to jot ideas down with you. There is only so much information the human mind can hold, especially when new ideas a popping up rapidly.