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Writing a Book Review – Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson

This is a screenshot from my word processor (Scrivener) during the writing phase of Blackmoore (review):


A few obvious notes — all of the squiggly red lines under the words. One of Scrivener’s faults is its spell check which finds fault with everything. I suppose I could try to “teach it” to recognize certain words but usually I’m focusing on the presentation of the piece, not educating my AI.

I jump all over the place in my drafts so if you read it straight down, there’s going to be some overlap but if you read it in numerical order, you’ll (hopefully) start to get an idea of how I processed the writing of the review for Blackmoore. For this particular review, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to say about the author and the atmosphere since I was already familiar with Donaldson’s last book.

What I wasn’t sure about was the approach I wanted to take to set the story apart from just another historical novel/romance.  The angle that I finally came to was Kate’s natural inclination to the study of birds.  That was something unique that I could talk about and build on.

The total word count for this review was only about 224 words, so when it’s that small (and I’ve done smaller reviews), every word counts.

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has seventeen years of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). Lauren is the Managing Web Editor and writer for The Scribe, a web publication of the St. Louis Writers Guild, where she also serves as their Director of Communications. She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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