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How To Write A Review – Step Two

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If you’ve followed step one that you should have the most important thing a reviewer can ask for: an unblank page. Of course, these typed notes will be unintelligible so you’ll need to tidy them up a bit. Before and after:

At this point, I have 750 words of thoughts that have been bunched together but in no way resemble a review. Time to get the pen out and impose a bit of order:

A few arrows later and I’ve managed to block out the structure of the review. This consists of eight rough sections: an introduction to the characters; a discussion of the type of work; depiction of the real London; depiction of fantastical London; plot and capitalism; imagery and strengths; tone and audience; virtually non-existent conclusion.

Now the hard work begins.

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Written by Martin

25 January 2013 at 13:49

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  1. I can think of a few blogs that should read this series closely…

    C. S. Samulski

    26 January 2013 at 21:47

  2. I wouldn’t want to claim this is the only way to review. I certainly wouldn’t want to claim this is the best way to review. But I can’t deny that this series is partially motivated by a desire to make a contrast. A lot of people seem to assume that ten minutes at a keyboard after finishing a book is a review. Equally, a lot of people seem to assume that when I write a review, it is just tossed off in a similar way. This isn’t the case; I put the hours in and I think other people should do the same.

    Martin

    26 January 2013 at 22:56


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