I just thought I would throw out a question today to you beautiful people and try and get some insight into how you work. I’m just curious as to how you formulate your posts, your inspiration, how much you feel you have to write and how much time and effort you put into your craft.
I’ll start, and hopefully at least one of you will post your thoughts and methods in the comments below. I would love to hear how different we all are, considering we all have the same end goal which is to write some stuff and hope someone somewhere reads it. :)
As a film reviewer, surprisingly enough I don’t make notes whilst I’m watching the movie. For some reason, despite being dyslexic, terrible with numbers and forgetting most things in life I’m supposed to remember, films/actors/release dates etc stick in my head, and I tend to watch a film and then write the review in my mind for a few days. What I mean by that is I will go to work or be at home, and just remember certain points from the film, things I liked/hated and try and ‘store‘ them in the old grey matter. Then after a few days I write my review. I write on my laptop with music on, never the TV, and my review tends to take me about 30-40 minutes, and I kind of replay the film in my head (this sounded so much more normal until I wrote it down……). I will then go on IMDB and a few of your sites if I remember you reviewing what I have just watched, and see how my analysis compares. I will never change it, but I just like to make sure there is nothing blindingly obvious I have missed and done incorrectly. I never aim for a certain amount of words, and I normally end up editing my post down and cutting some out as I tend to get carried away (see The Poughkeepsie Tapes for evidence!). Then I scour the web for some of the movie images, and post it up.
I normally aim for one or two posts a day, which is made easier as I have the Desert Island lists stored in my inbox, as well as the guest reviews so I try and mix them all up. Yet I know there are people out there that do 5 or 6 posts a day. I always worry they wouldn’t get read or seen as much if I did that many which is why I stick to my 1 or 2, but I have no proof to back this up, and I just want to spread things out a little more.
I love to see that little grey box turn orange either with a like or a comment. When I first started I was delighted if one person liked it. Now I get a few more but that feeling is still there, and I appreciate everyone that takes the time to click a button and hopefully read what gets posted.
So now I’m just curious as to what your methods are. I know there are people who visit here that write their reviews on an iPhone, I know some of you make lots of notes during a movie, and I just wondered if anyone would mind sharing their methods as I’m sure there are plenty of people like me that are interested.
Thanks for reading, I hope some of you play along, and I’ll be back with normal service tomorrow, no more questions! :)