Review Writer's Block

Contributor: Lioncub Lioncub
How do you get past review writer's block??? Or am I the only one that gets it? I have a ton of reviews I could be writing and had plans to catch up on over the holiday break but just have not been able to get them done. I start working on them and then it's like I lose interest.
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Contributor: edeneve edeneve
give yourself a break. that's what I've had to do - stop forcing it. also, I played w/ my fave toys more & w/ the ones I needed to review. shortly after taking a break, I found I was more interested in writing. and then it just kind of snowballed from there. as w/ pretty much everything, we have to remove ourselves from it for awhile at times. good luck.
Contributor: Lioncub Lioncub
I took about a 4 month break for school that's why I was hoping to get them done before classes start again on Monday. I always start writing when I first get something with my initial thoughts then wait a few weeks and try it out a few times to go back and finish.
Contributor: charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
I will usually start with some basics and then flesh it out from there if there is no creative starting point that jumps out at me. Or, I'll start a few reviews, so I can bounce around between them and not get annoyed when I'm blocked and disinterested in the review I'm writing.
Contributor: Ansley Ansley
I second the other suggestions of just giving yourself a break. Sometimes the review writes itself and others it seems like it's never going to happen. If it's not an assignment or a buyout, just tuck it away until you feel inspired to write it. If it is an assignment, do the best you can to get the facts down and leave it at that. Not every toy needs an in depth report on what it can or can't do, sometimes just getting the basic facts down is the best way to go.
Contributor: Sera26 Sera26
I start with photos or an outline. Sometimes I just wait though. I agree with Stormy.
Contributor: eri86 eri86
I usually start with the basics: specs, uses, etc. And then I add my personal experience and insight.

For the most part I try to keep mine simple and to the point. I hate getting bogged down in paragraph after paragraph of text. I tend to skim the long winded reviews.

But don't force it. It's great to catch up, but you don't want your reviews to suffer from being forced.
Contributor: Pete's Princess Pete's Princess
When I have writers block. I find it easier to break it into small parts. For example just concentrate on one section of the review then save it.

Also, it sometimes helps me to read other reviews. I see if there is something other reviewers haven't covered well or something I might have a different opinion on. I then get inspired or at least get a starting point. It is always harder for me to write reviews about mediocre toys. The really good and the really bad ones are just so much easier.

I usually start a review by thinking about what I wished I knew before I bought it, what I really liked, and what didn't work for me.