Mentorship for stepping up to the Standard format?

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Mentorship for stepping up to the Standard format?

Antipova Antipova
Hiya mentors,

I've already been through the mentor program (with such a lovely mentor, too!), and I've written almost a dozen reviews now in the extended format. As I read, though, I think that I will eventually do better work writing in the standard format. I feel that not uncommonly the extended format can be repetitive.

I still have cold feet about diving in and writing in the standard format, though, because I don't want to leave out any important information. I wondered if there were any mentors who specifically consider themselves experts at the standard format, and who would be willing to take me on as a student. I already have a small stockpile of toys that I could review, so I would not want any push assignments.

If anyone is interested, or has any advice, feel free to reply here or to PM me.

Thanks, all, for sharing your writing expertise!
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Jul!a Jul!a
I don't claim to be an "expert" in using the standard format by any means, but my advice for writing a successful review in the standard format is to write it like you're trying to explain the whole thing to a close friend. "So this showed up and the packaging was like this" and describe the product and all that. I find that if I'm trying to explain everything about something to a friend, I'll remember to include things I might have otherwise skipped.

This is of course not the be all end all of advice, and there's no wrong way to write a review, but it should help give you a start at the very least, and I'm sure somebody else who writes more standard reviews than I do will come along and help you out
Kindred Kindred
Typically when I use the standard format, I write out bullets of the items/features I want to be sure to discuss in the body of the review. I also refer back to the prompting questions for each section of the extended format. That way I don't forget anything and I can arrange the sequence so that the flow of the review makes sense.
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
My tip for writing in standard format? I type it up in the extended, but make sure that I'm not repeating anything (or very little). Then I copy/paste it into Word and edit it to make sure that it's not repetitive and that it flows. Then I copy/paste it into Standard.

VERY IMPORTANT. DO NOT SAVE in any format you're not planning to publish in. Even the title. It will bind you to that format. I personally copy/paste each paragraph as I write it into Word so that I don't have to worry about losing my review.
Shellz31 Shellz31
I always write my reviews in Word - whether for the original or extended version. With the original, I use my own headings. This way I don't leave anything out.
Also helps so that I don't repeat myself through the extended version. That's a pet hate for me!
Antipova Antipova
Thanks for all the good advice, everyone! Taking note of the sections in the extended review is a good idea. So is the "sharing it with a friend" idea---that's what I'm hoping the standard format will be like.

If any of you ever read a review of mine and have a piece of constructive criticism, feel free to send me a message and let me know. I'm always looking to improve.

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