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This week is specific to blogging.
I want to know how everyone goes about writing reviews. So I will share what I do.
When I'm reading the book, if there is something I specifically want to mention in my review, I write it down somewhere. And as soon as I finish the book (sometimes the moment I put it down) I sit down to start writing. I like to have everything really fresh in my head. Otherwise I forget what I want to say.
And so I type in a rather incoherent form. Some of my reviews look a bit incoherent. Just random ramblings and whatnot. And there is a reason for this.
When I'm done writing down my review, it is basically just my initial thoughts. I try to let it sit in draft form for a couple of days before it publishes. Because I often go back and edit what I wrote, add things, make it more... coherent. Because when I first start to write a review I generally have no idea where to start. So they aren't so well organized. And they often don't contain everything I want to talk about.
My ugly looking reviews are generally the ones I didn't have time to let sit. So they got published in first draft form. As a writer, that pretty much kills me. I need to reread and polish. But, alas, sometimes my deadline is right there and I don't have time. And this is why I try to be ahead. I try to write posts at least a week in advance. Some of them are written a few weeks to months in advance.
So how do you go about writing reviews?