Dilemmas and Updates ROW80 Nov 9th
November 9, 2011 § 3 Comments
I’m a writing superstar with my Nano goals this week! Some things are starting to come together in my head so I’m up in the clouds (cue nastycomedown). I’ve been up-and-down about my writing though. One day, I think I’m brilliant and the next I think I should do everyone a favor and move out to the woods, Thoreau style, chucking my notebook at hikers so they won’t see my hairy armpits andthe flask hidden in my bathrobe.
Anyhoo, I got in my wordcounts and reviewed the two books I read last week. I’m still inching my way through Fiction For Dummies. I’m the world’s slowest non-fiction reader. My mother can devour self-help books and non-fiction like I can a Harry Potter. I did not get that gene.
And I’ve gotten even more creative about where I write. Twice, I’ve driven around until the kids are asleep in the car and parked to write. Yesterday I parked at a downtown cemetery that was just mesmerizing. It sits at the top of a hill overlooking Kansas City, and the day was perfect with mist and gloom. Magical.
My question for today is about reviewing books. Do you think you’re a good reviewer? How do you approach it? Do you think you’re harsh?
First, I think I’m terrible at it. I have trouble getting much further than “oh, it was okay,” if I liked it or gushing. (See earlier post for case in point!) My approach is to write what I want to know before I read a book. So I don’t really give a synopsis (unless it’s vague) and I write it to myself. I think I’m very harsh. Especially when it comes to endings. I only like an ending if it’s slightly dissatisfying. If everything’s too happy my soul screams “not true!” and if it drags in suspense I get cranky.
Anyway, if you have some advice or the kind of information you like to see on a review, I’d love to hear it.