06 December 2023

Critiques and Resolutions

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This month's optional question is: Book reviews are for the readers. When you leave a book review do you review for the Reader or the Author? Is it about what you liked and enjoyed about your reading experience, or do you critique the author?

I actually don't write reviews very often. Maybe it gives me flashbacks of having to write papers in high school and college and I just want no part in that. When I do write reviews, it's almost always for a blogger friend's book, so in my case, I write reviews for the author. I'm trying to help out someone I know (through the internet, at least) by saying what I liked about their book and why other people should read it. I've never been that good at critiquing (now having flashbacks to college workshops...) so I tend to focus on what I liked. If I'm reading a book that isn't by a blogger buddy, I'm most likely not going to write a review, and just give a rating. 

Well, we've reached that time of year again where I say to myself, I swear I'm really going to make a change in the new year! Am I doing this again? Yes. Do I believe myself? Well...maybe?

I really do want to get back into writing. I haven't made any specific goals or resolutions yet, but I've had so many different ideas and goals in the past that I figure I can just make a list of all of those! You could just go through all of my blog posts from the past two or three years and find all of my different ideas and schemes that I never followed through on.

Actually, that's probably a good idea. I should go do that...

I do want to get back to writing Uneven Lines. It would be really nice to actually finish it. I've just been really stuck about how to end it. But I have a million little side projects related to it that I hope can help me figure it out. I'd also like to get back to some of my other unfinished projects. 

I think if I had to make a resolution it would just be to start writing again. So I'm planning to just start from there. 

Are you making any writing related resolutions? 


  1. I like to review books to support authors too. I only write really short ones because I don't have the time to write long reviews. And I need to get back into my writing too.

  2. Even though I know full well how important reviews can be for authors, I'm still terrible at leaving them. These days, of course, I am in a serious reading slump, so that's definitely not helping either.

    Starting with a resolution to just start writing again sounds like an excellent place to begin.

  3. You did! You wrote this post - aka started writing again. :) I have too many goals, and have to narrow them down. Starting at the end might be an interesting way to get into writing.

  4. I set my goals for 2024 and broke them down into manageable chunks, but I am wary of what will happen after the way 2023 went.

  5. Well, you've detailed all those ideas here, so why not use your blog as a resource?
    Now that you mention it, most of the books I review are by authors I know.

  6. You're better than me, because you actually leave a rating! I tend to not get that far.

    I set several goals at the beginning of the year. So far, I haven't accomplished any of them. But I think I'll try again next year to get them done.

  7. The reset the goal to finish that story next year.