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:
- Writing reviews for products, for example, bags.
- Writing reviews for films and West End show.
- Writing reviews for vehicles like the latest model of sports cars.
- 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.
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
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.
The support offered. Is there a community, forum, personal support, do the owners give you support?
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…
Overall Scam Rank: xx out of 100
VERDICT: LEGIT/NOT LEGIT
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.
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?
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.
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.
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