We’re back in the lab today, revising on the reviews we drafted last week.
A couple of specifics for this draft:
- You’re not writing a book report. Write as if there are real human beings on the other end of your review who want to know whether they should read it, and why. Interesting word choices help. Varying your sentence length helps. Not repeating the same beginnings of sentences all the time helps.
- Suggest what you think early on. Reviewers don’t wait until the end to give you an impression of their evaluation. A reader should have a sense of what you think of the book by the language you use throughout your review.
- Get the details right. Look back at that list of mistakes we said we’d always fix, and make sure you’ve fixed them.
- Include a word count near your name at the top of the paper.
- Give it a title other than “This Boy’s Life Review.” Write a title suggesting your evaluation, or something important about the book.
THE REVISED REVIEWS ARE DUE TUESDAY. THEY SHOULD INCLUDE YOUR FIRST DRAFT AND NOTES STAPLED TO THE BACK.