Apr 042014

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Slumps. They suck.

There is no other way to put it, whether it is a reading or a writing slump, it’s always annoying and frustrating. I’m currently in a review writing slump. It’s lasted the past few weeks. I’ve been having a mini reading slump too, so I only have 7 reviews waiting to be written. That isn’t too bad. If I was reading as faster now as I was at the beginning of the year it would be much worse.

But it still doesn’t make it any easier to write those reviews. I just don’t know what to say. The books are a mix of ones I loved, and ones I didn’t, so it’s nothing to do with that. It’s just a complete lack of having anything to say, or wanting to try to compose something like this.

It’s times like these that I’m glad I’m not an author. As a reviewer, a writing slump sucks, but it doesn’t really matter. A writing slump for an author could have a direct income effect, but for a reviewer, it’s just an annoyance. A big annoyance, but it doesn’t really impact me financially, just emotionally. That “writing review” shelf is just staring me in the face.

Ugh. How do you handle review writing slumps? I’m thinking of just sitting down and forcing myself to write the reviews, without letting Facebook, Twitter or Instagram distract me. Maybe I can get a review or two done. They might not be pretty, but a sense of accomplishment is still something. Any advice?

  12 Responses to “Discussion: Review writing slump”

  1. They are the worst, and they only seem to grow with the pile of books waiting to be reviewed. I find the only way out of them is to power through and right one review and that usually triggers the rest. It’s hard going though, and you’re right – I need to turn off also social media to get it done.

    • Yeah, I think pushing through it one review at a time is the only way. Social media is such an easy distraction.

  2. yeah I can definitely appreciate this, I probably have 20-40 reviews I haven’t written… but somehow I still plan to not skip a book. I haven’t been reading much lately either. this beauty blogging thing is time consuming!

  3. Slumps are not fun. I’m in one now, where I’m not really liking most of what I’m reading. So I have a hard time reviewing those and just decide not to review some. As for getting out of a reviewing slump, it only gets worse as the to-review list gets longer, so I force myself to write one or two and cross them off my list and that helps when the list shrinks.

    • Reading slumps are hard to get out of too. I find the trick is to read something completely different. That often triggers me to read again.

  4. Personally, I cannot believe how much you read. It is really amazing.

    Other authors might not look favorably on what I am about to say, but…

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with you slowing down and being more picky about the books you choose to read. This should be something you enjoy.

    Your reviews are wonderful and you provide a great service to the reading community. Thank you!

    • Thanks, Matt. I like my fast reading speed, and I have gotten much pickier about the books I read in the last year, it’s just that I haven’t been in the mood to write reviews lately. I’m sure this will pass soon, and I’ll be back to enjoying them again. It’s just a matter of getting to that point.

  5. Reviews in general are my hardest posts to write. There are exceptions, but for most books I feel like I’m forcing them. So, I don’t have any advice I guess… just commiseration.

    • I find reviews are usually the easier to write, and discussions the hardest. This current reversal is unusual and feels very odd.

  6. I was going through a review slump the last few weeks and decided to just not worry about a formula and going with a different style of review. So, for some books I would have a short intro and top three reasons why I liked it, and others I would do more long form evaluating the good and the bad. I think mixing it up helped a lot. Maybe think of fun new ways to review, perhaps that will help bust the slump!

    • That sounds like a good idea: mixing up how I do the review. I’ve seen point form reviews that I really like, maybe I’ll try that. Thanks for the suggestion.

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