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!
05/03/2011
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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
05/03/2011
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.
05/03/2011
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.
05/03/2011
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!
05/03/2011
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.

Thanks
05/03/2011
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