Friday, August 30, 2013

To Write or Not To Write?

Sorry it's been so silent over here. It wasn't intentional, but I ended up taking a hiatus for bit to focus on some other things. That being said, I think I'm ready to re-focus here and have some fun again. You with me? Please say yes. ;)

I was going to just start with a Follow Friday (hosted by Parajunkee), but decided instead to talk. Part of the reason I took a break was because I found I had nothing to say. Not just here, but anywhere really. I think that fog is starting to lift and clear, but the biggest struggle with reading has been being able to write a review. Have you ever had that problem? For real, I just sit there, stare at the blank screen, watching the cursor blink, and wonder what the hell to write. Even though I *loved* The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (thank you NetGalley) and give it five stars, I draw a blank when I want to say something about it. I did just finish a book I didn't like as much and I'm so hoping this will spur some sort of creativity in my mind. Seriously I'm starting to drown in the books that have unwritten reviews.

What do you do when you struggle writing reviews?



  1. I totally get what you're saying. At the beginning of the year, I tried to promise to review every book I read. I figured I'd read a book or two a week but I was wrong. I don't review immediately after finishing because I'm rarely able to sit down and dedicate the time immediately. That means at the end of the week I've read six books and have written no reviews. The pattern continues and now I have about 30 books I haven't reviewed and I'm reading about 6-10 a week. It's nearly impossible to catch up. I also don't want to be reviewing 2013 books this time next year (I post four reviews a week).

    I had about a month of reviews stacked up and I went through them without writing a word. It's frustrating because I love to read but I struggle to put my feelings into words sometimes. Thankfully I can always manage to write a DNF review because I'm usually mad.

    So...I get it.

    1. Thanks! It's reassuring to know I'm not alone. lol Why is it always easier to write a review of a book you *didn't* enjoy? Frustrating.

  2. Usually I just write out what I'm thinking... even if it is in gibberish and has nothing to do with my review. Eventually, I get some thoughts on paper and when I am feeling more into it, I can form my thoughts into legit points of a review, rather than just some rambling.
    If you look at my reviews though, you'll notice I have an easier time writing reviews because I do mine in like/don't like bullet points, then form those thoughts into sentences below it, so I don't try to sound like I know what I'm talking about and analyzing. I really just say what I liked.


    1. I did a review with the like/don't like points, and I did like doing it that way. Maybe I'll try that to get back in the swing of things. I was able to write out some thoughts on the book I read that I didn't much care for, so maybe it's a start? We shall see.

      Thanks so much! :)


Thank you so much for taking your time to share your thoughts! I try to respond to everyone. :)