I think we've all had it before, haven't we? You've read a book. You've really enjoyed it. You want to spread the word. A few choice words and phrases are floating around in your mind. You have quotes you want to share and characters you want to discuss. So you sit down. You open your review template. You add your book details, your rating, a book cover and a few labels. You position your cursor underneath your heading. And.... nothing happens.
You write a sentence. You delete it. You wonder whether to start with a different paragraph. You sigh. You look up. You look back down. You take a deep breath. You check Twitter. You sit back and try to come up with the opening line that will pave the way for a smooth writing experience. You check Twitter again. You decide to leave it until tomorrow, because your head's clearly just not in the right place today. Funnily enough, it's not the next day either. You start to feel a twinge of pressure. You know it's self-inflicted but a tiny part of you is thinking back to the last review you reluctantly wrote, a week and a half ago, and wondering if you're going to become one of those blogs that people whisper about and say "There are hardly any reviews on there! It's all just filler!" You hastily go back to your review post. You add a line space. You delete it again. You press 'preview' just to make sure it looks alright. You make a cup of tea.
Any of this sounding familiar? I'm thinking most of us have done some version of this at some point during our blogger lifetime. Probably at several points, in fact. And now it's my turn again, wahey! Last year I took a blogger break for a month to clear the funk, but I don't want to do that this year. There are read-a-thons and challenges going on, and it's only my reviewing brain that seems to have frozen, not my reading one.
So I'm just going to say hey, it's the summer holidays, time to chillax and concentrate on not killing customers. Maybe I'll not review at all for a bit. Maybe I'll do mini-reviews, or just wait for my mojo to strike and play catch up then! Sometimes just taking the pressure off is enough to get the wheels turning again. Whichever way I play it, I'm still here, still reading, still posting OTHER stuff, and hopefully it doesn't make me too much of a crap blogger if the reviews tail off for a few weeks! Maybe you're all too pissed on Pimms to care... Maybe getting pissed on Pimms will get the creative juices flowing! Okay, I'll stop there. :)
Right, come on, reassure me! Do you get reviewer's block from time to time? How do you work around it on your blog? Do you prefer to sit back, read and wait it out, or do you tackle it to the ground and hit it with a bookmark until it gives up? TELL ME YOUR SECRETS!