When I make lists, they’re nearly always on paper. There’s just something about it. It helps me remember what I’ve written, it’s more present as a list (whereas a digital list might get lost behind multiple windows or closed and forgotten forever), and physically crossing things off when they’re completed is so much more satisfying than
Last weekend (I think) I was brimming with ideas of posts and potential posts for NaBloPoMo (such a crazy, awkward name!).
As you can see, I’ve written and posted some of them in the intervening days. I’ve also got at least one other drafted, but I didn’t want to post it on the weekend. (And yes, the sheet of paper has been used for other notes and lists previously.)
It was only after I finished it and felt satisfied at the length of the list that I realized how very few line items related to books. Hrm.
Do you make lists? On paper or screen?
It’s Bloggiesta time, hooray! (And if you haven’t signed up, there’s still time!) One of the biggest chores on my blogging to-do list is catching up on outstanding reviews. I’ve read the books, hopefully I took some notes, but the post is likely not started, let alone finished or scheduled. This mini-challenge will hopefully help you accomplish that goal.
(Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Yum.)
I thought it would be fun to set our levels based on the plate of nachos Bloggiesta seems to call for.
Can’t Eat Just One (so, at least 2)
Let’s Split It (50 percent of your outstanding reviews)
Licking the Bowl Clean (getting them ALL done)
Pick a level, leave a comment saying at which level you’re committing, and then go write and schedule those reviews! Credit will be given only for fully finished posts — no sticking your notes in a draft post and calling it done. Get it fully formatted, too, the works. Don’t forget to check back in with your progress (a link to the blog post in which you share how successful you surely were).
Tips for if you get stuck of if the going gets tough:
• Work backwards (Start with the book you’ve most recently finished. It’s likely to be easier to review, which will help build momentum.)
• Take breaks often.
• Feel stuck in a rut? Break free! Abandon the usual format or template.
• Conversely, Get all the formatty stuff done all at once and then come back and fill in the content.
• If you’re really, really having a hard time, maybe ask your readers to ask you questions about the books. Answering the questions in your post may help get you going.
Do you have any review-writing catch-up tips? Dish!
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A year or two ago I was analyzing the television shows I loved, attempting to discern why I liked those more than others. While there are many factors — characters, setting, themes, type of show, to name just a few — the shows that stuck with me were (and are) the ones that didn’t completely wrap up everything neatly at the end of every episode.
- Grey’s Anatomy
- Veronica Mars
- The Office
Obviously, there are others; Lost is quite involved, and 24 has always had season-long story arcs. (But for my purposes today, 24 isn’t the best example.) And just because a show has these more involved story lines doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll love it.
All of these shows have had story lines that last many episodes — often a full season or longer. And I postulate that this is the same reason I like to read book series. I get to spend more time with these characters, yes, and get to see them grow and change over a longer period of time and pages. But it also allows space for the characters to breath. I feel like I’m not explaining this very well; do you understand what I mean?
Note: I was inspired to write this post by My Friend Amy‘s post defending television.