…how one ol’ Jurassic Writer approaches Reviews for fellow Authors’ WURKS…

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…I indulge in reviewing other Authors’ masterpieces for a few reasons…

1. …I can learn from the good stuff I see in the style, content and flow from other scribblers…

2. …I can learn from the not-so-good stuff I see in the style, content and flow from other scribblers…

3. …it’s part of my desire to ‘pay it forward’ as a universal ‘thanks’ for the generosity this whole writing gig has afforded me since day one…

4. …engaging with fellow quill-scrapers of all JONGRRs broadens my own SOSYAL NETWURKIN reach

5. …reciprocal reviews do occur occasionally, but that’s not why I undertake the reviews that I do… these are bonus reviews when they do come back on my own stuff…

…my approach has also distilled over these few years, inasmuch as I tend not to delve too much into the plot of any book I review, but will focus on the single most important element to me… ‘did it entertain me?’… of course, it’s a cardinal sin to give ‘spoilers’ in any review, and even by accident, these are much to be avoided… the ‘did it entertain me?’ bit is vital, coz I’ve kept an open mind as far as not blocking any JONGRR, as stated above, and have read (and enjoyed!) terrific WURKS outside of my usual reading comfort zone… these have included romance, paranormal, erotic, faery, and gothic labels among others, all of which have provided some excellent, entertaining reads…

…downside in being a reviewer?… the singular, most common demerit is in being an Author oneself, and having been immersed these last several years in editing, proof reading, and receiving critiques on one’s own (brilliant, of course!) tomes, it’s all too easy to spot the ‘usual suspects’ that once littered my own writing, until gradually expunged… the ‘weasel WURDS’… the overuse of gerunds to start sentences, (‘verb-y, doing’ WURDS ending in’-ing’, Mabel)… the disease of over-adverbalism… static, stilted dialogue… 

…mindful of all of the above, my congratulations stand continually solid for emb’dy who completes their book… all yeez Lads and Lassies of Blog Land who’ve been-there,-done-that,-and-got-the-T-shirt, will appreciate how much effort, blood, sweat, tears, and laptop-fatigue is invested in any scribbling…

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…one last thought… reviews by very definition are simply another person’s opinion…and not everybody’s gonna LUV my stuff or yer own stuff… I only ever publish reviews where I feel a four-star or five-star rating is deserved… less than that, I do not post the review… my fellow Authors are family, what’s the point in needlessly kicking them?… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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