Why not try writing a review?
Writing for an alternative audience is a helpful motivator. If you’ve never written a review before, why not try it? It flexes your writing muscles in new ways and may even bring about an opening, a new readership to you.
There are plenty of opportunities to review for an audience. Whether it’s a TV series, a film or a book, a magazine article or radio broadcast, writing to give your opinion on some event or experience offers a two-fold use to others, as well as it being a vehicle to exercise your own writing muscles in a different way to your norm.
When you review, you are offering a God-blessed perspective & offering free feedback
As a Believer, you carry the word of GOD inside you and can access discernment from the Holy Spirit. You know the values and morality which are best for the society and can convey a life-giving message through anything you review.
As a writer, you offer expert feedback on what you’ve read, and a ‘typical’ audience member’s response to what you’ve heard or seen. In both cases, constructive feedback is valuable both to the creator and the prospective audience. Reviewing is a loving thing to do.
As a writing exercise
Whenever you write, you are flexing your creative muscles. The value of this to you as a writer cannot be underestimated. Giving to others is beneficial to you. As the adage goes, “It is better to give than to receive,” so it is true for our writing craft.
Looking out (rather than focusing inward) is a good and healthy way of engaging with the craft of writing. Creating novels and even books requiring objective research can become intense and absorbing; so creating a short piece that examines another’s work can take you out of your self in a healthy and productive way. I think of it as taking a short recess from the usual day’s work. It is also a great way to hone your analytical skills in order to analyze your own work. Recognizing what works and what doesn’t is a great way to improve your writing.
Try it… you might like it
Do you remember a tv cereal ad who had a little boy called Mikey and some other boys? Mikey didn’t like to try anything new. The others said, “He won’t like it, he hates everything.” But when practically force fed a bit of LIKE Cereal, he enjoyed it. In response his friends said, “He likes it, he likes it!” and they were surprised and thrilled.
So to you then I say, if you’re bogged down in your project, or even if you’re not, why not try something new? Try a review. It’ll mean looking at someone else’s product — which is always a good thing for our creative process — and giving constructive comment. It’s that simple, that loving, and that rewarding.
© 2020 Sarah Tun