Hi, guys! Welcome to the awesome feature here on The Social Potato! Here, we feature sporadic “comic strips”, drawn and told by yours truly, talking about whatever stories we want to tell. Right now, I’ve decided to draw about how The Social Potato came to be, right from the very beginning! Once this “volume” finishes, we’ll try out different other stories! In any case, I really hope you like it!
Potato Strip #5: The Struggles of Writing a Positive Review
Before I could write the reviews I write today, I was a very messy reviewer (read: a N00B!). I initially wanted to review books just so I can keep a tab of what I felt after reading books, but it was such a struggle for me to write, especially them positive reviews. All I knew was that the book was AMAZING. That I LOVED the characters. And I COULDN’T get enough of the writing. Saying any reasons morethan that was just beyond me. How could you explicably explain WHY you love something? I mean, just saying WHY you love someone is already a hard task, because you just… do.
That’s what I had to deal with when I first started reviewing (not blogging per se, I started that like 8 months later) – being able to articulate WHY I loved certain elements in a book, and trust me, it was hard finding that voice. I had to learn how to read the book in small parts, dissecting every possible scene and development, and then analyze them as a whole. I had to understand chapter by chapter and how each one built up to the next. I had to start thinking while reading, because if I mindlessly read a book and loved it as a whole, I wouldn’t be able to truly and articulately explain the things I love (and well, hated, but that’s a strip for another day).
I’m definitely better at it now. In fact, if I were very passionate about a book (negatively or positively), I tend to ramble… like, a lot. It wasn’t an easy road getting here, though! So if you have trouble reviewing and putting into words those flails and feels and gushes and raves, DON’T FRET! You’re not alone! I’ve been there! Just practice reviewing though and you’ll be a pro at it eventually!
What about you? Did or do you struggle reviewing positive books? What have you done to deal with it, or what are you doing to cope with it?
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