We have noticed a lot of people telling us that it is rather hard for them to fill the basic 200 words criteria for the reviews. We always assumed that 200 words wasn’t much but since there are a few reviewers who need our help in figuring out how to do it, we have decided to curate a list to help them write better. We hope this list is helpful to some, if not all of the reviewers. And when you’re done reading and if you have some more points to add, then do let us know!
Things to do before writing the review:
- Think about what the book made you feel. Were you happy by the end of it? Was the story amazing? Was it too sappy? Were you disappointed because it could have been a lot better? Think about all of that and note it down on an empty page.
- Remember your expectations and then, the results. Every time we read a book, we have certain expectations from it. Be it because of the cover, the blurb or the title. No one jumps into reading without taking a look at any of them. (And frankly, you’re going against one of the basic reviewer laws if you do.) So think about those initial expectations and whether they were fulfilled or not.
- Make a list of things you liked and disliked. Yes, this is something you need to do before writing the review, if you want to ensure that you write a great one. Have you ever seen someone dive into the sea without knowing how long they’ll be spending there? Yes, that’s exactly what we’re talking about.
Things to remember once you begin writing:
- Don’t trash the author. Honestly, we cannot say this enough. Don’t ever trash the author. Someone has taken a great effort to write a book for everyone to read. Maybe it isn’t as great as some others in the market but that doesn’t mean that you have to say bad about it. You can always talk about what attracted you to the book in the first place (the blurb, the cover or the title), even if you find nothing else interesting here.
- Talk about various aspects of the book. What did you think of the narration? Of the writing style? Did the plot appeal to you? Do you think the book has a message? If yes, then is it something you agree with? Were the characters well developed? What do you think could have been better?
- List down the pros and cons that you noted down earlier and elaborate upon them.
- Don’t forget to explain how the book made you feel. You would have already noted it down from earlier so make sure you add it to your review, too. Without that, the review won’t be personal enough.
- Mention what did you think of the book overall. Did everything add up by the end of it? Explain how.
- Lastly, don’t forget to mention if you’ll recommend the book to others or not. Explain why will you or why won’t you.
Things to do after writing your review:
- Check for grammatical errors.
- Check if you have talked about both, the pros and the cons.
- Make sure you are not hurting anyone’s feelings in the process of writing the review. (And this is not limited to the author.)
So that’s about it. If you use even 75% of these guidelines, then you would be able to write a healthy 200 words+ reviews. Let us know if there is anything more you think we should add to it. We are always open to inputs.
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