Writing tips--Let us know how you keep your reviews fresh and new, so many times writers can get into a rut and need help to revise their techniques.

js250 js250
Have you ever thought you were writing basically the same review for different products? You have the materials, cleaning and storage sections that can get pretty repetitive. How do you change them up and make them 'new' for each review?

The tips in this discussion can really help new and older members alike. I have found myself repeating myself in certain reviews and have since made an effort to switch the order, wording and phrases I use for repeat materials, cleaning and storage sections. I have also purposely written information in other sections that relate to the next section, this is a bit harder for me to do since I do not want to repeat myself in a review.

Your tips and advice???
05/24/2012
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Ryuson Ryuson
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Originally posted by js250
Have you ever thought you were writing basically the same review for different products? You have the materials, cleaning and storage sections that can get pretty repetitive. How do you change them up and make them 'new' for each ... More
Keep reading reviews of those you admire, there are always new things to add or try writing about. I also know that when there's a product I'm excited about (either I REALLY hate it or I REALLY love it) I write much better reviews than a toy I'm just 'meh' about.

Totally watching this thread for tips!
05/24/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
When I get stuck I switch to "Funny or Humorous mode". My Eleven review is a good example. What I like about them is the challenge, include everything that needs to be there in a story type format.

Another way of getting over the block is to fall back on some good advice that Sam mentioned to me; Write like you are talking to your BFF over coffee that has never used a toy. This adds your personality but more importantly adds the info that folks need to know.

Other times I just don't think ahead about the review. Kind of like wake up, grab some coffee and start writing. Some of my best reviews (I think) have been done this way.
05/24/2012
KrissyNovacaine KrissyNovacaine
I am pretty new here but I find myself feeling like I really have nothing to say about a product, so I take a break and let it simmer in the back of my head for a bit. When I come back after a couple days I can look at the review in a different way.
05/24/2012
js250 js250
I am one of those sit down and write it people as well, Toy Time Tim, if I think about it too much it gets garbled and stiff sounding.

One thing I love to do with my reviews is to figure out and try new ways to use an old -or new- toy. This helps to keep them pretty fresh and not stale.

Use research to add to or take away from the info in the often repeated sections.
05/25/2012
Woman China Woman China
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Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
When I get stuck I switch to "Funny or Humorous mode". My Eleven review is a good example. What I like about them is the challenge, include everything that needs to be there in a story type format.

Another way of getting over the ... More
Yup I agree.

I write my reviews as if I am talking to the person reading them. Yes, they sometimes skip sections then go back the flow, or I side track with quotes from movies (thinking of my Leaf Spirit review here something about there is no place like home). Sometimes I've written a journal entry or a Dear: Insert Body Part Here letters.

And I find the biggest part that makes me interested in my own reviews is the comparisons that I toss in. That part never grows old because no matter how many comparisons I've done, each toy is different, so you have to explain how it is different from each toy. Which is my challenge!!!

But I find for me, the "start" process for writing my reviews is to call up a friend and chat about the new toy as then the words form from the pictures in my head.
05/25/2012
Missy May Missy May
I'm still trying to find my voice and the ways that make it easier for me to write. But I do enjoy the mentor program. I love getting input from more advanced users.
05/25/2012
Do emu Do emu
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Originally posted by Missy May
I'm still trying to find my voice and the ways that make it easier for me to write. But I do enjoy the mentor program. I love getting input from more advanced users.
Likewise. The mentor program has been such a great help for me. If I want to do a review on a product that has already been reviewed before, I try to see what they say and what I could expand upon more to try to look at it from a different perspective. It's been difficult and I found myself a few times following the routine list of things to go over. It seems to just take time and experience! Oh, if only I had discovered Eden sooner.
05/28/2012
js250 js250
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Originally posted by Do emu
Likewise. The mentor program has been such a great help for me. If I want to do a review on a product that has already been reviewed before, I try to see what they say and what I could expand upon more to try to look at it from a different ... More
Well, I am glad you found it!! Writing reviews takes practice, mentors can be a wealth of information--but the student does need to ask!! I have let all my students know that I am happy to help them with their review, site navigation, EF policies and any misc. questions they may have at anytime!! i love helping people and the mentor program was so perfect for me to join as a mentor!!!
06/04/2012
BG529 BG529
I keep a journal of everything
06/04/2012
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