So I was thinking about this the other day and wondering how people write their reviews. Every one has a different ritual.....me included.
Personally I start off each review with a good long wait. I normally wait a few days to write a review to let my feelings cool off! Mostly because I want to be able to write a semi-coherent review.
This is not always a smart thing to do because often I forget what I wanted to say about the book. (And this is why notes would come in handy... I'm working on it!!!)
After waiting I like to pace for several minutes. This is to get my blood flowing and also to give me time to ponder about what happened in the book. I have to go over the events and decide how to rate the book. This is often the most painful stage of the process purely because I can't pace without swinging my arms....several times my hands have connected with furniture. (Note: it is not fun to write a review with bruises knuckles. Not only is it uncomfortable it is fairly hard to type especially with melting ice covering your hand.)
After that I like to get a snack to help power my brain. So I go downstairs and search the cabinets for something delicious. (Preferably chocolate.... Chocolate is my brain food.)
I then return to my room and find the book I'm reviewing. Whether its on my kindle or if its a physical copy I carefully place it on the stack of clothes that sits on my rocking chair which is next to one of my most prized possessions my computer. Carefully I then sit in the chair hoping the book/kindle won't fall. I then proceed to clear my desk of the random things on it. Mostly papers which I chuck on my floor.
I then carefully open my Internet thingy and go to blogger. I hit the new post button several times, begging for it to load. (I'm impatient! What do you expect?) During that period of time where I hate my computer, I go to the Goodreads page for the book. After the post opens I carefully set up the beginning. I put the cover, title, goodreads link, author, genre, series, and rating carefully on the crisp new blog post.
I begin to type.
While writing the review (recently) I've been trying to avoid the use of "awesome" and "amazing" as I've been told I use them waaaayyy to much. This presents me with a great challenge so I've tried to use one of my other favorite words (phenomenal) to make up for their absence.
Then the rest is just easy. I kind of put down whatever I'm thinking.
So do you have any pre-writing-review rituals? I'd love to hear them!!!
Also do you think my ritual is strange at all?