I had some great feedback on my original post, so here are 10 more ideas for when the reviewing muse proves elusive:
Tip 11 – Always have something at hand to jot down thoughts when inspiration strikes (notepad and pen by the bed/in the kitchen, post-it notes, notepad app on your phone for when you’re out) whatever works for you.
Tip 12 – Don’t try to rely on your memory (see above). Trust me, that great idea will have disappeared by the time you sit down to write your review.
Tip 13 – How about the carrot approach? Promise yourself a treat once you’ve written the review – cream cake, biscuit, glass of wine, chocolate or whatever’s your thing!
Tip 14 – Still no joy? Then it’s time for the stick. Not only can’t you buy, you can’t even pick up a book until you’ve completed that darn review. There, that should sort it.
Tip 15 – Time to man (or woman) up. Look, it’s only a few hundred words you need to write, the author produced tens of thousands. What are you complaining about?
Tip 16 – Think about the poor author who so depends on your review. Don’t you feel guilty now?
Tip 17 – Re-read some of your own reviews of other books. Try to get back into the frame of mind that produced those works of genius.
Tip 18 – Oh, just write “It’s a good read”. (This one is my husband’s suggestion.)
Tip 19 – Try the psychological approach. Repeat after me: “I only need to write 300 words, I can do that”; “I’m really good at writing reviews”; “I am the King/Queen of Reviews, I rock”….
Tip 20 – Find a really good review of the book by someone else and copy and paste it. Look, I’m joking, people!