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The Truth in Reviews (featuring Mini Truth)

Board Spotlight
Greetings everyone! For the month of January, each member of The Review Board has been asked to do a feature in reference to their assigned reads. It can cover highlights (books they loved) or it may cover what a read needed to do to stand out.

In this episode of “Board Spotlight” we visit Board Member Mini Truth to get her observations regarding her TRB assignments for 2014.

Mini Truth

If I could sum up the year (2014) that I’ve had in books on TRB in one word, I would have to say “uneventful”.

I mean, truthfully (They don’t call me Mini Truth for nothing.), I could use an entire slew of one worded descriptions.

Let’s see, there is “unimpressive”, “boring”, “indifferent”, “uninspired”, “unoriginal” … shall I go on? Yeah, probably not.

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Those whom have followed my reviews realize that I have Eleven Degrees of Measurement which will ultimately decide whether or not the books I read will fall into my bubble of enthusiasm, or make me shake my head:

  1. Coherence
  2. How enjoyable it is
  3. Character growth
  4. Smoothness in transition
  5. Is it simple enough to follow without confusing the reader
  6. Originality
  7. Well constructed scenes
  8. Level of captivity. Does the story have the ability to entrap the reader?
  9. Dialogue, verbiage, and prose. Is it believable, realistic, and understandable?
  10. Level of emotion
  11. That the story not have too much unnecessary information/abundance in needless verbiage

I’m truly not a grand stickler for grammar or punctuation as I know that we are all human and make mistakes and unfortunately, sometimes, do not notice them. Yet, when a book is drenched in mistakes due to the obvious lack of editing, I simply cannot overlook it.

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However, I can honestly say that measuring the books I read in 2014 by my scale has proved to be a daunting task. I’m flabbergasted by the many books that have been submitted to The Review Board that have fallen short in SO MANY WAYS!

angry-faceSome books I read were so terrible that they infuriated me. I was personally insulted and somewhat embarrassed for the author as I just could not fathom that an author would take such little pride in their work.

rofl2Then some made me laugh out loud as I swore that someone must have been playing a trick on me. I mean, honestly, who would publish such a horrendous read?

In retrospect, I realize that was just blatant bad reading. Really, what else could it be? Right? Right.

There are so many factors that play into a bad book, yet it all boils down to this—one simple rule—you cannot WRITE if you do not READ!

There are far too many authors in today’s literary society that do not read, yet continually write. This simply isn’t a good thing.

In order to produce a good book you MUST take these steps:

  1. Write it
  2. Read it
  3. Edit it
  4. Read it
  5. Correct it
  6. Read it
  7. Edit it some more
  8. Read it again
  9. Have someone else read it
  10. Read it AGAIN!

You see, the more you read your work, the more you’ll realize that there could be potential problems with the book. There are so many things that you can discover when you read and re-read your book. Obvious things like typos/grammatical errors, and not so obvious things like plot holes and incoherence.

As I read through the TRB books which I was assigned in 2014, all of the ones that I found were not so great, had elements and problems that could have been easily avoided had the author taken the time and effort to go back through his/her material and READ IT.

FUNdamental

I say all of that to say this—particularly to the Indie Authors out there, whom I am a huge supporter of …

We have enough stigma working against us; we have too many people saying that Indie isn’t as good and never will be as good as Traditional—let’s not continue to prove them right. Let’s rise up against the disfavor and show them that WE DO have what it takes to be just as good, if not better.

With that said, I’d like to take a moment to point out some of the things, grammatically speaking, that really drove me up the wall this last year.

  1. Run on sentences.
  2. The enormous use of the word “and” which contributed to the run on sentences.
  3. Sentences starting with conjunctions.
  4. Improper use of punctuation.
  5. Inconsistent narrative styles, particularly in First Person narratives—many times over they’d bounce back and forth between past and present tense.
  6. Unnecessarily wordy/long stories.

I’ve come to the conclusion that these things have become a trend of sorts amongst the modern writing community. Call me old school, but I just can’t deal with them.

Believe it or not, the simpler the writing is—regarding grammar and punctuation—the easier it is to understand, and the more attractive it is to read. All of these complicated things make for a very boring and unappetizing reading experience.

In all actuality, while some people might think that I’m a zealot for perfect grammar and punctuation, that’s not necessarily the case. To make me happy with a book, just follow my Eleven Degrees of Measurement and I’ll be perfectly happy with your book.

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About nolabels

I have an appreciation for the unique, love for all types of art, and fierce attractions to brilliant intellectuals (from book smarts to street smarts). Lover of humanity but feel humans have lost their way, just trying to stay true to myself as conformity threatens to take me away. Simply one head, many crowns: Author. Reviewer. Columnist.

2 comments on “The Truth in Reviews (featuring Mini Truth)

  1. Pingback: Author Blindness … Lets talk about it. | Y. Correa

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