It helps a writer? Yes, of course. But there is more to it than that.
When we eat out, we leave the wait staff a tip. Even if the service is lousy, we leave a tip. Might be small, but we leave something behind. The staff worked hard to provide the meal, and our tip our acknowledgment. We may never return to that restaurant again, but that’s okay.
The same thing holds true for a book. The author works hard to produce a product for readers to enjoy. Some will enjoy the story more than others, but everyone should leave behind a tip (review.) Short and sweet, or long and eloquent, leave a review it doesn’t matter.
Don’t know what to say? Here’s a tip: read what others have said and to get ideas, to prime your thoughts into your own words.
Don’t have time to write a wordy review?Click on the stars but leave behind that tip with a one or five star review.
Remember to let the author know you read their book. The best way to do that is to write a review. Leaving your footprints in the sands of Amazon and Goodreads is important.
What has kept you from leaving a review in the past?
Was it fear? Didn’t like the book? Didn’t know what to say?
Not many of us know what lays ahead of us when we begin blogging. The bumpy road is a surprise and we are never ready for all the strange things we encounter.
However, the following post The Ugly Side of Blogging by Elena Peters, is a must read for anyone ready to take the blogging plunge. Or a confused blogger.
Ms. Peters lists21 truthsabout blogging that many of us didn’t see coming before we were hit like a truck running a red light.
#4 – Please, I have fiddled with my format, theme, and pictures so much this blog had an identity crisis to rival Sibil.
#5– As a writer, don’t most writers think about quitting every single day? Maybe it’s just me.
#7 & #15& #17 – Lies, Free & Trust. Oh yes. The internet is floating in lies, freebies, and people to be trusted. Right, best keep a lifeboat handy when you launch into the deep waters of blogging. And one last thing, before you pay big bucks for a writer’s course, make sure it’s sold by someone who as actually written a good book.
I enjoy blogging. It’s fun to put my thoughts out in the world and see what pops back to me but I’m not making any money. That would be lovely but not necessary.
Now selling my books, that’s a different balloon of another color. I’d love to make money with my books.
Did any of Ms. Peters “truths” speak to you?
Have you been burned since you began blogging? How?
I go back over and over a chapter, too many times I’m sure before I can continue. Makes my writing process slow as molasses.
What was it about Dan’s post that caught my eye?
Crutch words. Or some of you may know them as filler words.
Dan let his manuscript rest for a year before beginning the editing process and culling out crutch words. Now that’s what I call discipline.
It’s not bad to use these words. They make great place holders for an idea, thought or dialog. However, too many a story makes me look more of an amateur than I am. Don’t know about you but I want my book to appear as polished as possible.
So just how do we find crutch/filler words? See, told you I had more questions.
Use a word counter to find words used too often as well as adverbs and repeated phrases. Look at the numbers. As all accounts know, numbers don’t lie.
How do we replace them? And with what?
After you locate the offending words/phrases, decide if a word adds or detracts to your sentence/paragraph. If the story isn’t altered by deleting the words, then you are on the right track.
Why should we change them?
Crutch/filler words make our writing lazy. They detract from the flow and crisp dialog. And in some cases, are down right irritating to the reader.