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How To Write A Review – Step Three

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Once you’ve completed step two, go down the pub. The above photo is from the Rosemary Branch but the majority of this review was produced in conjunction with the Pembury Tavern and London Fields Wheat Beer. Once you have your pint, it is time to start putting flesh on the bones so that your nice neat outline…

…becomes this:

By this point the structure will have changed again with sections having split and merged and there will still be lots of holes. So lather, rinse, repeat:

The opening is hard but the ending is harder:

750 words becomes 1,500 words becomes 2,000 but remember to keep cutting as you add. Not all lines of thought are necessarily worth pursuing, even if they do include a gratuitous pop at Dr Who:

Follow this advice and, after your third visit to the pub, you should have something that is pretty much a finished review.

Written by Martin

28 April 2013 at 16:54

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  1. Having been doing this whole book reviewing thing off and on since 2004, I can say that this is far, far more work than I’m willing to do for the $130CDN that I typically get paid, though admittedly most reviews over here now average about 350 words.

    If the 900 word, $300+ gigs were more common than say, once or twice a year, I would certainly be so thorough.


    28 April 2013 at 21:23

  2. I just sit behind the computer, jot down the title, author, year of publication and page count, then just let rip in a first draft is final draft stream of consciousness, but than I’m not getting paid for it…

    Martin Wisse

    11 May 2013 at 11:50

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