Tips to Writing a Successful Review

Having trouble writing your reviews? I know for me, they sometimes flow out and I spurt my thoughts all over the page, only to go back after I publish and read not a single line where I stated my opinion on the actual writing style. It was just dribble about the characters, or the fiction tropes.

To combat my incessant ramblings, I came up with questions to ask myself before I write my review. I thought I might share them with you as today’s BB101.

Takes notes during reading, then ask yourself the following questions:

Who are the main characters?

Who are the secondary characters?

Did the characters seem real?

What are the relationships between the character and how do they impact the story?

Who is your favorite character? What made him/her your favorite?

What is the genre of the novel? Is it similar to other books in the genre?

What point or idea do you believe the author was trying to make? Do you agree with that point or idea?

Did the author convey this point well?

What were your favorite scenes in the book?

What were your least favorite scenes in the book?

How would you describe the writing style? Does the author write in clipped tones or prose?

Were there any moments in the book in which you had to stop and reread or frustrated?

Did you notice any plot sequences that did not make sense?

How did the book make you feel? Did you cry, or laugh?

If the book is one in a series, will you read on in the series?

Would you recommend this title to anyone?

Once you have these questions answered you should have the basis of your review.

Setting up your review:

Part 1: The opening, this is where you introduce the book, the author, the genre and the characters. Make sure to mention the book title, instead of using terms like THE BOOK and make sure you mention the full author name along with the series that is attached to the book.

Part 2: The body area, if you would like to summarize the book, this is where you would do it in your own words. Then give your opinion about the book. A good review can have a body section of at least 2 paragraphs.

Part 3: Conclusion, summarize your thoughts, restate your overall opinion of the book. This is a good place to state your recommendations and if you will be reading on in the series.

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Question of the Week:

“I heard Google doesn’t care about keywords anymore, but you just did a post on it…so what is the point?” – Lisa

(Question is in regard to prior BB101 post) Google doesn’t use meta-keywords anymore, or so the “internet people say”. But they do crawl your content for keywords, it’s how they deliver quality returns for searches. So, if you have “Writing A Book Review” a few times in your post, when their bots crawl your site, those words will pop up. A good keyword is something that is relevant and used in your post. This is why I always suggest using the book title, instead of “The Book” and the authors name, instead of “The Author.”

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