I was tagged by Ashley from Ashley in Wonderland for this, so thank you, Ashley! Her blog is wonderful (and so pretty to look at), so be sure to check out it out!
Answer the questions below
Credit the creator: Jamie @ ALittleSliceofJamie
Tag at least 5 people
1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?
I’m an idiot and it’s 2 in the morning so the first answer that popped into my head was, “Uh…Wordpress? Duh.” *Smacks head* Right. So the locations at which I write my blog posts are my desktop and my bed. A lot of the structural, academical type of writing happens at the desktop and a lot of the creative work happens in bed. (*waggles eyebrows*)
2. How long does it take you to write a book review?
The shortest one so far took me about an hour. Usually it takes two days. One day for the rough draft and another for the final version. This current one I’m writing is turning out to be a record-breaker because I’ve been at it for nearly two weeks. It’s going to be the first perfect score given on this blog and I’m really desperate to do the book justice.
3. When did you start your book blog?
January 14th, 2018. The decision honestly came out of nowhere. I’d been rambling about a book to my friend–pretty much giving an impromptu review–and she was like, “Why don’t you just start a blog?” And I was like, “Huh, yeah, I should.” And that was that.
4. What’s the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
The stress of trying to aim for a consistent schedule. Also, having all these drafts for future blog posts but feeling anxious about publishing them. Okay, I guess this one’s not so much the worst thing about having a book blog, but one of the not-so-great things about having a brain and, well, being human.
5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
All these new, awesome bookish nerds I get to interact with! It consistently boggles my mind that there are people out there who not only want to read my ramblings but leave kind comments in the process. You guys are all amazing.
6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?
Uh, “fun” might not be the right word, but my favourite post I’ve written so far is my gushing love letter to Robin Hobb and her characters. It was a very personal post and something I’d been meaning to write for nearly a year, and I’m very satisfied with how it turned out. I posted it when my blog was still just a hatchling so it didn’t get a lot of traction here, but I did cross-post it to reddit, and the responses there were just mindbogglingly amazing.
7. What is your favourite type of blog post to write?
Lists are always fun and easy and a surefire way to encourage other bloggers to engage in a discussion. But, and this might be a weird thing to say, I love writing emotional pieces. So discussion and opinion posts (or even reviews) that relate back to me in a personal way, that other people can then also relate to, are the most fulfilling ones for me to write.
8. When do you typically write?
My brain thinks that 1 AM is the prime time for doing all the reading, writing, and gaming, so I tend to be the most productive around then. My best ideas also seem to come to me during that time, prompting me to drag out my tablet in the middle of falling asleep and tap out a wall of sleepy, semi-coherent thoughts. Thanks a bunch, brain.
9. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled up with your fur baby?
With music and a lot of pacing. Sometimes with a snack, but never with tea (*whispers* I really hate tea. This probably makes me a heathen in the book blogging sphere). I also have a giant dog plush that takes up half the bed, so when I’m writing at night I sometimes cuddle up with that.
10. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?
I usually do a rough draft of a review while I’m reading the book–writing notes as I read is something that’s been embedded in me since senior high English and undergrad. This is where I collect all the visceral, in-the-moment reactions, and they usually end up being the structural bones of the final review. After I finish the book, I expand on these thoughts. These are usually choppy fragments: my opinion on the setting, the plot, the characters, and moments I loved or hated. Then I let it percolate for a couple of hours up to a day (sometimes several days) and stitch them together into something half-way coherent. Then I do editing (er, sometimes). *Takes breath*
If all this sounds professional and organized, don’t be fooled! As with any of my writing projects, I’m usually buried under a mountain of sticky notes while I furiously stab the backspace button and mutter expletives at the screen.
11. How often do you post?
Right now I’m trying to aim for 4 posts per week. I’m a little afraid that going for more will end up burning me out, so I’m trying to moderate myself.
Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills
Aurora @ Aurora Librialis
Consu @ Paper-Eyed Girl
Kristyn @ Bibliophile Empress
Vera @ Unfiltered Tales
I can’t write at night, I’m either too sleepy or too distracted to get anything done.
Thanks for the tag! I’ll be posting it soon 😉
It’s the opposite for me–I’m really tired in the mornings and afternoons but am wide awake at night. 🙂
I had fun reading your answers. And I find your writing / structuring process really inspiring, I can absolutely see it working for me. I would probably benefit from taking some notes whilst reading a book due to my unimpressive memory.😂
Thanks for the tag, I will definitely get to it soon. 😊
No hurry! And I sometimes forget the names of characters a day after I finish a book, so writing notes is a must for me. 😀
Lovely tag – I can’t wait to see which book has got you all fired up with a perfect score. I need to get more organised – I’m about 3/4 reviews behind and I really don’t like it when that happens.
I’m with you on being better organized! I should set up a system that’s a little more sophisticated than just pasting sticky notes everywhere. 😀
Lol I love how easily you made the decision to start a blog. Lists are so much fun! But I agree, I love discussions and opinion posts (at least, when I’m not all nervous about something that could be controversial or whatever) because it’s this amazing feeling to know I actually have a platform where I can share these things, and maybe I’ll make something think or realize something they hadn’t, or someone else feels the same way, etc.
Definitely! I don’t think I’ll ever not feel nervous about posting opinion posts, but I’ll never not love writing them. 🙂
I love how specific you are on the date you started a blog. I can just imagine it being the opening line of something; “It was a cold 14th January 2018 when I decided to start to my book blog,” and then it would lead on to all the hijinks involving stolen cop cars and leaping from helicopters 😉
Ahaha now I know who to hire to ghostwrite my autobiography. 😀
I was so happy to see you did this! Thanks so much for joining in 🙂 I really loved your answers. I’m the same way, my brain decides it wants to be productive in the middle of the night… never in the afternoon when I try to make myself write things. Just have to go with the flow I guess!