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Just sit down and do it. If the review is short, so be it.

Beautiful cat up on top!
Bark at the Ghouls 7 years ago
You're right, I know you're right. I think I may start doing mini-reviews. Maybe that'll help.

That's Patrick my demon kitty keeping my son's book warm as he does his homework.
Sorry, I realized it sounded like an order. I meant, that's how I do it: just sit down and do it, and if the review is one sentence, so it is.

And soooo cute! I want to cuddle with him.
Bark at the Ghouls 7 years ago
Shutting down my browser now and getting to work!

Patrick loves to snuggle but he also loves to bite ankles if he feels he's not getting the proper attention. He's a big pain in the bum but we still love him.
It's a Mad Mad World 7 years ago
I prefer to write a review as soon as possible after I read a book. Then I have the book fresh in my memory and also there are less chance that I will put it of...If I think I will do it later...well then it can take some time before I do it...:P
Bark at the Ghouls 7 years ago
Yes, that's my problem too. The longer I put it off, the less I want to do it.
Hol 7 years ago
When I'm starting to forget the said book, I then force myself to write the review!
BrokenTune 7 years ago
Some reviews need to stew a little, but when the full blown procrastination hits the best way for me is to write short reviews on books you don't feel like saying much about. So, pretty much what Grim said.
Others tho, it might help just starting to type anything and see where it gets you to. There's always the option to save as a draft here on BL.
Beautiful cat :)
I have to write the reviews as soon as I have the chance. If not I'll start forgetting about it, and I'll have to read it all over again...like I have to do with the book Forsaken Dreamscape o_O
Abandoned by user 7 years ago
Sometimes I just give myself permission not to review the book and move on with my life. If I force myself to write reviews when I don't want to, it starts to feel too much like homework (this is one of the reasons I rarely accept ARCs anymore. It is too guilt-inducing.)
Kaethe 7 years ago
I resemble this.
Bark at the Ghouls 7 years ago
Yes, I am super picky about NG titles now. When it feels like work, it saps all of the enjoyment out of this hobby.
Batgrl: Bookish Hooha 7 years ago
I've been trying to motivate myself too - it started when I noticed how many books were on my Start/Finish Writing Review shelf! I have stopped bothering with some books, mainly the ones that I read for fun and don't bother taking notes, or mind if I don't remember them. (I think I mostly shelve those so I'll know I've read them at all.)
Bark at the Ghouls 7 years ago
I hate the feeling of being so behind. It makes me stop reading because I don't want to fall further down the hole.
I feel your pain, B&B. I don't know if this happens to you, but I suffer from some weird type of writing anxiety. It started a few years ago while writing a paper for a class, and I haven't been able to shake it since. It's bled into everything, writing essays/papers for class, writing reviews, even posting a comment will sometimes give me a little anxiety. It's the weirdest freaking thing ever. It's like a weird type of stage fright. In any case, here are some things I do that help sometimes:

1) write an informal outline. It could be one or two words, or one or two sentences or just words strung together, like I. Intro, II. Summary III what I liked, etc.Character - quirky, like him, fleshed out, etc. The nice thing about doing an informal outline is that you can use it as a template for all your future reviews.

2) don't try to write a structured review all in one shot/sitting. I have never, ever been one of those people who can sit down and write something structured in one sitting. For me, that will never happen. So, if you're like me, trying to do this will only discourage you and make you want to throw your computer out the window. Instead, just do a brainstorm session. Just sit down and start writing whatever comes to mind. Don't stop to edit or fix, just keep going. Then let it sit and come back to it later and pull out stuff you like, add stuff, start to structure it, etc.

3). Give yourself permission to write your review in bullet point form using the outline you first created as a guide if you feel like you can't write full paragraphs.

4) Don't wait for inspiration to hit. Sometimes I feel really inspired, but more often than not I don't. It really takes for me to sit down and start playing around with the review in order for me to write one.

5) ETA: What Moonlight Murder said above. Hey, sometimes there really isn't much to say about a book other than it was good, or I liked it, or it sucked. Just let it go because that's okay.

6) Listen to music that reminds you of the story you just read. Or find a photo that you find inspiring. Play around with the formatting of your review, or create graphics. Anything that helps you feel and reminds you that this is supposed to fun and not work, and anything that helps you feel creative and gets the juices flowing.

Anyhoo, I hope this helps. I know it sounds like a lot but some of this stuff has helped me get through terrible bouts of procrastination and writing anxiety.
Bark at the Ghouls 7 years ago
You have some great ideas here! Thank you for sharing them. I think I do have a bit of writing anxiety. Once I get going I'm okay but actually sitting down and writing it out? I'm not very good at that and put it off.
Kaethe 7 years ago
It is also acceptable to not write the review at all. Sometimes you just don't feel like writing and you don't have to, if you don't wanna.
BrokenTune 7 years ago
Absolutely.
Andreya's Asylum 7 years ago
i write reviews when I feel like it for my for fun reads and because it's required of me for my NetGalley reads. Sometimes I write them at work or in my psychology class because both are often boring. Shhh, don't tell my boss.
Bark at the Ghouls 7 years ago
Haha, that's one way to relieve the boredom.
Bark at the Ghouls 7 years ago
Thanks you all so much for sharing. There are some great tips here that I'm most definitely going to put to use. I managed to eke out one review yesterday. It was going to be a short one but it didn't turn out that way. Ah well. At least I got something accomplished. I think the two today will be super short. There just isn't much to say and nothing new to say that hasn't been said a thousand times over. I guess that's one of the problems. I feel like many reviews repeat what others have said and I don't want to add to that (and I know I do) and that slows me down or stops me in my tracks altogether.
When i REALLY dont want to write a review or cant think about what i want to say Sometimes I come across a review that says everything I feel about a book. I ask the reviewer if I can share it letting everyone know it wasn't written by me(give there name and link) but I have the same feelings. Some say no but I find most people are happy that I enjoyed their review so much I wanted to share it. This doesn't happen often as I tend to disagree at least a little with everyone but sometimes it can also inspire me to write my own anyways. Just a thought.
Also I loved the book harlots suggestions! What wonderful ideas!