Happy Hump Day, loves! Being the absolute genius that I am, I accidentally left my laptop at a friend’s house for a few days, and was unable to write up any posts. I’ve thankfully retrieved my precious device, and am hoping to post consistently once more! I’m aware that I mention how I’ll mend my posting routine each week, but I truly intend to this time around. If not, you all may hold it against me. Lately, I’ve been quite hypercritical of my own reviews, and have been scrutinizing each and every detail about them. From doing this, I’ve began to wonder if there is a proper verb tense to use when writing reviews.
Do Writing Styles Affect The Quality of Reviews?
Although I’m typically quite proud of the content I post, I’m always self-conscious of my writing style – particularly, when I’m writing reviews. There are so many phenomenal bloggers out there who write beautiful reviews that I can’t help but feel as though mine will never measure up to theirs. This train of thought is awfully silly, but I’m a perfectionist, and it’s tedious for me to feel comfortable with my writing when I know how much room for improvement I have. As far as writing styles and the quality of reviews are concerned, I do think there is a certain correlation between how well-written a review is, and its respective quality. I simply believe that if a reviewer pours a decent amount of effort into his/her review, it’ll show.
Is There A Proper Verb Tense To Use When Writing Reviews?
I am a perfectionist. Yet, I don’t recall paying heed to the verb tense I would use when writing reviews, until recently. You can imagine my horror when I realized how often I would switch tenses, and how choppy and amateur the writing felt. Naturally, I’ve been obsessed with trying to uncover the proper writing recipe ever since. I’ve been analyzing many different reviewers’ writing styles, and it amazes me how unique and diverse every writer’s voice is. There’s a plethora of ways to write reviews and share our thoughts about books, but I was wondering if there is a “right” verb tense to use when discussing books. What tenses do you use and in what style do you write your reviews? I have no clue if it’s correct or not, but I tend to now write my reviews like this:
Present tense when referring to characters and actions in the story
Example: Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.
Present tense when referring to anything the author writes
Example: Somaiya Daud brings to life a beautifully tragic world. Through her novel, she accurately depicts how many diverse forms loneliness can take hold in.
Past tense when referring to your thoughts
Example: These messages are wonderfully infused in the writing, and made me fall even more in love with the story. I thought that the way Daud shows the importance of friendship and need for love through her characters, creates an incredible dynamic between them.
Present OR Past tense when referring to the book’s actions. I personally tend to favor present tense a bit more, but the most important rule to remember is to remain consistent.
Example: This book seamlessly shows (OR “showed”) how two wholly different people can look beyond what’s merely on the surface.
Thanks for reading, dolls! That’s all for now! Do you think writing styles affect the quality of reviews? Is there a proper verb tense to use when writing reviews? How do you write your reviews? Let me know in the comments!Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads | Bloglovin