We’ve all heard of reading slumps, most of us have probably experienced one more than once. No one like them. Yet I think I’ve found something that’s more frustrating for a book blogger than the inability to read: reviewing slumps. When it comes to reading slump, I know exactly how to fix it. I take a break, return to an old favourite, etc. By the end of the week I’ll be back reading like nothing was wrong. Reviewing slumps though are a whole other story.
What is a reviewing slump? It often looks like this:
Basically a reviewing slump is writer’s block, but with reviews instead of stories. The words just won’t flow. No matter how long you sit there, staring at your computer screen, you can’t formulate your thoughts on a book into a decent, cohesive sentence. Let alone an entire review. Even if you know what the book made you feel, there’s not enough there to construct a good review.
Fortunately I don’t experience these slumps often. During most of the year I’m too buy studying and doing boring real life things. Reading and reviewing are a nice break from it all. But when it does happen I can be stuck in these slumps for weeks. It makes me desperate to figure out how to get out of it. And this slump is a lot harder to break than you’d think.
If this was like a reading slump, forcing myself to write reviews might break this stupid mood. That isn’t a good idea when it comes to reviews. For some reason, when I’m in a review writing slump and force myself to write, my reviews get longer. . How do they get longer? I don’t understand?
They also become more boring. There’s no spark, no motivation, no logical flow of thoughts. You can tell which reviews I wrote in a slump and the reviews I rode in a fit of inspiration (there’s a few horrible reviews written at such a time scheduled).
One method I might utilise next time I’m struggling writing review may be to return to my ransom reviews, pirate themed reviews where I basically fangirl and use gifs to express my thoughts. I don’t write these often any more, but they are certainly fun. I’d love to post one every now and then. Changing up the review style might bring back my spark. Also having epic music playing in the background. Epic instrumental soundtracks are great for boosting motivation, they’re the reason I can study for hours on end.
Taking a small break from writing reviews also helps. Read a book or two you don’t have to review. For this I like to pick sequels from a series that hasn’t been reviewed on the blog yet, or maybe even reread an old favourite. Whatever book you choose just enjoy it without having to analyze the plot or writing or characters. I was lucky in that my last reviewing slump hit just before I read CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE, a planned break that turned out to be perfectly timed. Once I finished it blogging motivation had returned!