Reviews Can Spice Up Your Writing

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

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5 thoughts on “Reviews Can Spice Up Your Writing”

  1. Margaret Welwood

    I also find writing reviews refreshing. I have a personal policy not to post any review to which I’d give fewer than four stars on Amazon or Goodreads. I’d be interested to hear what other authors think about that..

    1. Interesting, Margaret. I won’t review 1 stars… When I give a 1 star it is too bad and too complicated to give a review. I do review 2, 3, 4, & 5 stars and I tell the author why I’ve rated it as such. If I find the book is 3 or 2 stars, then I feel like I owe it to the author to tell him/her why so low. It helps the author to understand why sales may be low and how to improve the writing up to 4 or 5 star level. As a reader, I resent paying for a book that has rave reviews but is full of typos, grammatical errors, or plot holes. Things that can easily be fixed and resolved with a good editor. If an author publishes a book, then said author should consider himself/herself a professional and should always produce a professional product.

      I don’t want any author for even one second to think they can self-edit or let an unprofessional edit once through the book. It never works and it always leaves errors because our eyes see one thing and our brain fills in gaps like skipped words or forgotten e’s or any number of words that sound the same but are spelled differently such as your and you’re.

      Uh, oh. I can see this is shaping into a rant… I’d better stop now …

  2. I would review from 3* to 5*. I was a brought up with the adage, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”.
    So, I always would search for something positive to say, and for a *3 or 4* I’d definitely give constructive thoughts.
    I don’t think I’d finish a book I’d rate lower than that, so I guess I’d feel I didn’t want to review it if I couldn’t even finish it.

  3. I was raised with the same adage, Sarah. And one-star reviews can be grossly unfair (I know they wouldn’t be in your case, Gina and Sarah). But there was an award-winning Christmas story about a mouse that was rated one star because the reader disliked mice and religious books! I saw another low rating because the book arrived with a torn cover. If potential customers read such ratings they will dismiss them, but they still reflect the book’s overall rating.

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