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What is your method for writing reviews – do you write immediately after reading, wait a few days, or write as you are reading?
(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)
My review method has changed lately. My temporary job, that I took on as a favor last year. has turned more permanent, so the beginning of the week my time is split between blogging and working.
I try to save review writing for the days that I don’t work, which is sometimes Tuesday and always Thursday, Friday, and the weekends. That way I can have plenty of time to focus on what I’m doing.
While I’m reading, I highlight passages and jot down notes in the Kindle app if something occurs to me that I don’t want to forget. For physical books, I have small tag Post Its that I mark the book with and jot down notes digitally in the Word document I’ve already started for that book’s review.
Then, on the next day I don’t have to go in to work, I sit down with a cup of coffee and write – usually in the morning before lunch. Sometimes I go right into editing, but I prefer to let it sit for a day or two and then edit it to provide some distance from my words so I can see them more objectively.
I’ve altered the framework of my reviews a bit in the last month or so after reading a NetGalley tip Tuesday about reviews (below). They suggested writing your initial expectations before starting a book and then write about your actual experience once you finish. I liked this suggestion, so I decided to give it a go.
My word cloud has been more sporadic lately, as I’ve been trying to leave my evenings free to spend with my husband. I just need to learn to incorporate them in when I’m writing the review to get it all done at the same time.
So, that’s my review method! What’s yours?