Monday, September 6, 2010
How reviewing helps
A big thing I've learned by reviewing is how this helps me with my own writing.
Examples: Great writing motivates me to get back into my writing loft and write. It pushes me to find better and more unique ways of expressing myself.
Some great books that have given me that extra kick I need include:
Maggie's writing is delicious and very yummy. Read the candy store scene and tell me if you don't feel that sexual tension building!
Another example of lush, rich writing set in the deep South.
FALLOUT by Ellen Hopkins
What I love about Ellen's writing is how it speaks to you with such a big impact. One of her books, BURNED, spoke to me as I could relate with her main character. I felt as if she knew what I'd been through. Powerful writing. Tell me if that doesn't motivate you to push yourself to the next level with your own writing. I know it does for me.
The same can be said about reading books that aren't really that great. And this is all subjective too. Books that I feel are disappointing, make me want to 'prove' I can do better. Once again, I'm in my writing loft, writing.
Finally, reviewing is a great way to connect with other publishers and authors. I love getting emails from authors thanking me for reviewing their books.
So whenever you feel sluggish and need an extra kick in the pants, pick up a YA book. Read it. See if I'm not right.