The Secret to Writing Reviews

Writing Reviews

Writing Reviews – Awesome Writing Advice!

 

Every one of us would love to be a critic of something. It might be a film you have watched, a book you have read or a music CD you have listened to.

 

It gives a good feeling to share your views with the rest of the world. This is what writing reviews entail. There is a responsibility that comes with writing reviews.

 

To do a perfect job depends on your skills. This is where this article, comes in. I will examine the art of writing effective reviews.

 

The purpose of reviews

 

From time to time new products are released on the world market. You hear so-and-so has published a new book. A new film, The Black Panther has just been released and is now available for viewing at the cinemas.

 

(a) What is your role as a writer? 

Your role as a writer is to give an honest opinion. You also need to strike a balance to leave room for the readers to judge for themselves. Thus, a review must always be accurate and balanced.

 

(b) A review should be fair

Above all, a review should be fair. You may not like the product you are reviewing, but you must give praise where it is due. Don’t be malicious in your criticism.

 

(c) Respect other people’s works

Even though a review is an expression of your opinion, avoid scoring easy points by going over the top.

Bear in mind that the manufacturer put a great deal of effort into making the product or in writing a novel. Their work deserves respect.

 

Why there is always demand for writing reviews?

 

If a product is new or a book has just been published, the probability is that a few people have sufficient knowledge of that product. If people are interested in that new product, they are more than willing to part away with their hard-earned cash to get it.

Before they buy they want to know if the product is worthy of buying. How long it takes to watch the new film? Is the movie strictly for adults? That’s where a professional reviewer comes in.

 

The million dollar question

Do you have what it takes to be a professional reviewer?

 A review is not a place to show off your writing skills. Instead, go for the simple, straightforward approach easy to understand.

 




We are living in a modern world where everything is reviewed. If you chose the genre of writing reviews, you will cover:

 

  1. Writing reviews for products, for example, bags.

  2. Writing reviews for films and West End show.
  3. Writing reviews for vehicles like the latest model of sports cars.
  4. Writing reviews for hotels and restaurants, nightclubs, airlines etc.

Reviewing Books and Newspapers

 

The book publishing industry is operating nonstop. So is the production of newspapers and magazines.

Its good to know that as a writer who specialises in writing reviews, you will never run short of materials to review.

 

Qualities of a good reviewer
 

(1) A fast reader

If you are aspiring to be a book reviewer, you need to be able to read quickly.

 


(2) Keeps abreast with changing times.

Someone who reads modern fiction.

 


(3) Understands his audience

You should have a good understanding of what appeals to a contemporary audience. Having much knowledge about the best top ten books or the best-seller list.

 


(4) Be flexible

Be flexible and open-minded. That is reviewing the book from the standpoint of whether others will enjoy it.

 


(5) Not giving away the book contents

To review the book without divulging much information about its contents.

 


People use different styles for writing their reviews. I design a template for the reviews that I do.

 


Why Create a template?

 

To save you time, when you have a template, you save a lot of time. The template will guide you step by step effortlessly.

 

To be consistent, a template allows you to review all your products the same way, making it easier for your readers to compare the products you have reviewed and made an informed decision.

 

Let’s talk about the Review Template

 

It is important to create a review template to act as a guideline for all of your reviews going forward. Having a “standardized” review can lead to writing reviews with consistency, especially good for your readers.

 

The review template you create should have the following qualities:

(1) Is creative.

(2) Is a genuine and helpful to the reader.

(3) Allows the reader to feel as though they
    are making an educated decision.
 

(4) Is consistent across the board.

 

Review Checklist – What to talk about 

 

 

Here is an example of my template.

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PRODUCT_NAME Review

Name: PRODUCT_NAME

Website: WEBSITE_URL

Price: PRICE

Owners: OWNER NAMES

Overall Rank: XX out of 100

PRODUCT_NAME, Product Overview

A general overview of what the product is.

The Good & the Bad

The Good:

PRO #1

PRO #2

PRO #3

The Bad:

CON #1

CON #2

ETC

Who is PRODUCT_NAME For?

The audience the product is targeted at. For example, if it’s a book, is it targeted at children or adults. Also, specify the age range and who will benefit from the product

PRODUCT_NAME Tools & Training

Information about the tools and training here.

PRODUCT_NAME Support

The support offered. Is there a community, forum, personal support, do the owners give you support?

PRODUCT_NAME Price

Description of the pricing, the levels of pricing, structuring, upsells, etc

My Final Opinion of PRODUCT_NAME

Description of the product goes here.

PRODUCT_NAME at a Glance…

Name: WEBSITE_NAME

Website: WEBSITE_URL

Owners: OWNER_NAMES

Price: PRICE

Overall Scam Rank: xx out of 100

VERDICT: LEGIT/NOT LEGIT

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Price: 
Always include the price of the book and date of publication.

 

Owners: The book author, and the publisher’s address including the book’s ISBN number.

 

Website or store: Provide information where readers can go and try the item, but it.

 

Introduction: Explain what the review is about and describe the product or item you are reviewing.

 


PROS/CONS

 

Here write the strength and weaknesses of a product, training programme or an attraction. Has it lived up to expectations?

 

Is the novel an enjoyable read? Does the story grip you? Are the charters real and is the dialogue believable?

 

Some reviews get to delight in ripping the work of others to pieces. You will lose the trust of your readers if you revel in the verbal attack.

Don’t be one of them may identify mistakes or the shortcoming of that you are reviewing. Always try to write constructive criticism.

 

Who Is It For? 

Is it for adults, men women?

 

Support 

 

Mention if there is any form of support mechanism in place. If it’s a product, will customers get Shipping and Delivery support?

Depending on what you are reviewing. If it’s a course what form of support is for slow learners.

 

Final Opinion/Verdict

 

Be honest to highlight the positive and negative aspects. Is the novel dull and dry like a geography textbook or it is a lively read? Does it cover new ground, new insights or is it factually accurate?

 

Readers are interested to know what are your thoughts for the book, not the flamboyant language you will be writing in.

 

The main thing in writing reviews is to offer your readers comprehensive and accurate information. It is absolutely fine to offer your opinion, but it is important that you do not falsify statements within your actual reviews.

 

Last but not least here is a sample for Writing Reviews.


 

If you have any questions related to The Secret to Writing Reviews please leave them below. I will get back to you as soon as I can.

6 Comments to “The Secret to Writing Reviews”

  1. Jayde Butcher says:

    These tips and tricks are going to come in so handy with my own reviews, thank you this is so helpful, so happy I found this article. I completely agree that reviews should be honest, and you should give a good idea of every aspect, good and bad otherwise its just not real.

    1. Femia says:

      Hi, Jayde, thanks so much for taking your time to read my post, ‘The Secret to Writing Reviews,’ and for leaving some encouraging comments.
      I am glad to hear that you found the information I have shared as something you can relate to. I think if a review is focused entirely on the positive and leaving out the cons the readers will pick that up.

  2. TJSchlenker says:

    It does sound like you’re a typical review writer. Most of the ones I’ve read come across like jerks!! Lol

    I think they do that for ratings though. It IS true that if you put out controversial viewpoints you’ll get more press and attention.

    So often I’ll read a review that says a movie is terrible, then I’ll go see it and absolutely love it. The new “Bohemian Rhapsody” film is a good example.

    I also find that most nationally-acclaimed critics go out of their WAY to show off their vocabulary and writing skills. I think it’s their way of proving their legitimacy: “Well, YOU can’t write like this, so I HAVE to.”

    Keep up the good reviews!

    1. Femia says:

      Hello, first and foremost, many thanks for taking your time to read my post, ‘The Secret to Writing Reviews,’ and for leaving invaluable comments.
      I agree with you on the nationally-acclaimed review writers who easily get away with showing off their vocabulary. They already have made a name and gained the trust of their readership. Its a very interesting observation you have made here.

  3. Rose Dean says:

    This is really in-depth! Thank you!  As someone who writes reviews often for my website these are tips I really need to remember. I fear that sometimes I can be a little harsh in my criticism.   I’m going to use your tips in the future!

    Thank you for the blueprint. I’m going to be using this a lot in the future!  

    BTW I love your writing style!

    1. Femia says:

      Hi, Rose, thanks so much for taking your time to read my post, ‘The Secret to Writing Reviews,’ and for leaving invaluable comments. I appreciate.
      I’m glad to hear that  you also write reviews for your website and you find my tips helpful.  That’s kind of you.
      All the best for your review writing!

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