Honesty is the best policy.
Simple yet profound.
If you lie to your best friend to spare their feelings, you aren't doing them any favours. When they hear the truth from someone who is more callous than caring, the hurt is ten times more than if you told them in the first place. In this world of literature, we all appreciate well crafted sentences and creative use of words.
When we are asked to give a review, it's like someone asking their best friend for an honest opinion on something. Don't lie to them; don't lie to the readers. Believe it or not we are entrusted with something someone has worked on. Being honest in your review means a lot to a writer especially when given in a constructive manner. It builds them as writers and helps to expand their artistic reach. I've learned the value of evaluation through being both a blogger and a Toastmaster. From the perspective of a blogger, I have to do it for the author and the reader. Has this book reached its potential? Can it improve? I am one other perspective and most of the time we are the sample which represents the masses. Not to mention I love to stir discussion about a good book. All these work out in favour of the author and the readers.
In the end we should aim to hail great works of art as well as help others to reach those heights of greatness. I became a better speaker and presenter because after every speech I presented, I was evaluated. I got someone else's views on my strengths and weaknesses.
As bloggers, we have an awesome responsibility to play a role in recognizing literary art and giving an honest review of them. Be true to what we are about, be true to yourself.
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It has been quite the summer. Book tours, books and life. I celebrated the blogiversary on August 8, 2016 for These Words. I've read books and did a few reviews. Admittedly less than I would have liked but I'm happy all the same.
I had so many plans but with a change in jobs and homes, I didn't get to devote as much time to my blog. I tried my best to keep my social media pages active with updates and such. Not to mention my quest to becoming a better speaker in Toastmasters. I was a bit stretched.
At least it wasn't all for naught. Just to give you an update. I now have my first apartment, a new job which could open up to a new career path (writing will always be my first love) and I've done quite well in Toastmasters. I am the new Vice President of Education of my club and I earned my Competent Communicator designation (it's a big deal like getting your black belt in speaking).
But it was also a summer of writer's block. I've gotten bit busy and a tad overwhelmed with the changes and new responsibilities that I just can't seem to get the words out. When they do come out there is a typo or they just don't sound right. Ugh! It's such a pain when you have so much to say and you want to let the world know about an awesome book but it just isn't working out. I mean really.This has been a tough one to write. But that's the beauty about writing. If you just write something about anything you can get your flow back.
So, I'll write about my summer and all the things that came with it. That way, at least someone can know they are not alone and it's ok.
Until next time.... keep those pens moving.