One Way Brain: My Review Troubles

I write fantastic reviews….

In the shower. In my car. Walking outside.

I write okay reviews….

when I sit down at my computer.

I know that this plagues me and I’m not sure if anyone else has the same problem. I will read a book and even sometimes while i’m reading, I will be thinking about it and digesting it. This is when my best writing comes out...but it’s all in my head. It sounds like there is an easy solution, keep a notebook with me so that when I read I can take notes. (Please do not tell me to write in my book…) More often than not my reading is stolen moments, when my kids are not asking for a drink or to make them dinner or do their laundry. So even if I had a notebook it would probably be filled with random words my son has decided to write in there when I’m not looking. I think my other problem is that I’m not a savvy typer on electronic devices. I would like to blame it on my age but my husband is older than me and can type like a speed demon on his phone. So the idea of making annotations is great but for me it takes up to much of my reading time trying to do it. I have even considered a voice recorder but I don’t know how often I would talk out loud honestly. I was that kid in school who couldn’t write rough drafts. When I would go to write the final paper I would change everything. Sometimes I wish there was a way to just plug into my brain.

How about you? Do you have this problem of reviews going from your head down on to paper?
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About Jen

I love books, tea/coffee(by the gallon) and sour candy. I wear my nerd badge with pride and have two children ages 5 and 3 that keep me on my toes.
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  1. I find I have the same problem! While I'm reading I have great ideas and even come up with funny lines (sometimes) but when I then have to actually write the review I quite often find that the words simply won't come out. I have found that sometimes it helps to initially write my review in note forms, just bullet point some of my thoughts and then come back to it the next day and expand upon them. I also read most of my books on my Kindle so I quite easily highlight some phrases etc. and looking back on those can trigger new ideas! But also, don't feel like your reviews are only "okay"! It might seem like that to you because you feel like you had the perfect review in your head before hand, but I assure you they're really good!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  2. I have this problem a lot too! I try to write something down if I'm in a mood where I'm thinking about the book, because I feel like what I write isn't as good as what I was initially imagining I would say. It helps to try to write a review immediately after I read a book so then all the thoughts buzzing in my mind can get out. But it is hard sometimes to do that! But perhaps everybody feels like what they imagine isn't quite what they produce - like with art or something. It might just be something we have to live with!


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