Saturday, June 29, 2019

Fun in the Sun: June Wrap Up

Greetings to you, fellow rebels!

Summer is indeed upon us here in the Northern Hemisphere, which means camping season, barbeques, swimming, fireworks, and long summer evenings where the sun doesn't disappear until half the night has passed (or so it seems, anyway).

Where I am in the world, the sun has been hiding more often than not. There has not been one week where there has not been any rain. To be frank, it's the first year in several that spring has actually extended to it's proper end date. But now that it is starting to heat up here, my family can get things accomplished....and have fun besides!

Speaking of fun, what fun things has RW been partaking in? Let's take a look!

Posts This Month

Exercises to Build Your Character Development
In this post, guest writer Patrick Bailey explains how to develop characters using dialogue, visual descriptions and character arcs. Great for writers just starting out!

A Review Of A Thousand Perfect Notes 
Lila Kims puts out her thoughts on a soul-rendering debut novel by indie author C.G. Drews, better known to the blogosphere as Cait @ Paper Fury.

Historical Fiction: Four Things Writers Get Wrong  
In this rather ranty post, Catherine Hawthorn points out 4 different pitfalls that historical fiction writers fall into as they draft. She also gives research tips and ways for authors to edit their way out of said pitfalls.

In this post, Faith Thompson shows to write a wonderful content review for the conservative audience without giving any spoilers. She especially highlights RW's key issues of Language, Abuse and Lust. Perfect for frequent reviewers on Goodreads and blogs!   

Monthly Stats 

100 followers, 47052 all-time views

58 likes, 67 followers

304 followers, 449 tweets

44 posts, 139 followers

22 boards, 137 followers

47 subscribers

70 group members, 23 discussions

Around the Blogosphere

Julian Daventry and fellow blogger Sarah Rodecker published their Q&A vlog! If you love everyday shenanigans, please check out Part 1 HERE, and Part 2 HERE.

Faith Thompson has recently unveiled a new WIP! You can view the introduction post HERE.

Our founder, Gray Marie Cox, recently published a post called "Dear Reader: You're Not Ugly" It is straight from the heart, and anyone struggling with self-doubt needs to read it. Now.

Melissa Gravitis published another gem of an article, "Questions to Ask when Choosing a POV". As someone who sometimes struggles with sticking with one kind of POV, this list is being shoved into my growing portfolio of "things to consult before writing".

Project Canvas published an article on how the 3-Act Story Structure will affect the marketing aspects of the book. You can view the post HERE.

A fellow blogger, Megan Chappie, recently published a post called "Bring Back the Boy Heroes", that I believe that many Rebellious Writing supporters would love.

For those who remember founding member Audrey Caylin, we regret to report that her blog has gone inactive. We would link her final post, but the link is actually broken. We wish Audrey all the best as she goes forth into new adventures!


Now that the shackles of school have been released, young adults have been tackling another stack of books - their summer TBRs! 

I, quite unfortunately, have no such list. 

Tell me, what clean reads would you recommend I check out? 

P.S. RW wll have a schedule change this summer, only posting twice a month and then having a summer wrap-up.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Technique Behind a Content Review

We see the questions all over Goodreads--"What was the content in that book?" "How much cussing was there?" "Knowing how I feel about content, would I enjoy this?" The conservative community likes content reviews, and that's a good thing! They can be very helpful for helping people decide if they want to read a book or not.

The question arises, though: What do you need to put in a content review? How do you write one???

Well, my friends, I am here today to explain to you MY technique for writing a content review!

There's three things I like to hit:

ROMANCE (as in anything to do with relationships, the level of physical stuff going on, as well as mentioning homosexuality, explicit material, and anything that might trigger people. This is going to be the section where you want to be the most Careful.)

LANGUAGE (cussing. You can be as detailed or undetailed as you want here.)

ABUSE (so drugs, physical/sexual/verbal abuse of other characters, alcohol, and other substances.)

And if there's anything else, you can mention OTHER. If I feel like mentioning the violence level of a story, this is where I'll put that.

23437156Here's an example of how I do this from one of my Goodreads reviews. The book is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

LANGUAGE: One f-word, one maybe two s-words, a number of b-words, d-words, and a couple of others. Less than I was expecting from what I've heard from other reviewers, so that was nice.

SEXUAL: One character has a past that involved being a prostitute at a pleasure house. Nothing explicit to do with that is ever actual shown, but ya know. Nothing pleasant. Nina can be rather rude and is, frequently. The girls wear revealing dresses at one point and jokes are made of this. Much flirting, including a couple of guys implied to be homosexual. A boy and a girl sleep together in a pile of furs to survive bitter cold at one point. Some kissing, but not a ton. 

ABUSE: The whole plot centers on finding a scientist who produces an awful, addictive, destructive drug. So there's that. Also, some drinking/drug taking/etc. I don't recall whether there's anything the main characters do in this vein. Nothing substantial or I'd remember. :P 

OTHER: Lots of shooting, explosions, rude banter, etc. Kaz is fairly brutal. These are all anti-heroes so you're not going to find glowing good morals here.

This is my personal technique for writing content reviews. I like it because you can hit a lot of points here. One thing that you need to beware of is the temptation to loudly bash any content you don't agree with in this review. I cannot stress how much you don't want to do that.

If something happens in a book that you don't agree with or you don't like, you can reflect that in your rating. You can DNF. But be polite about it in your review!

I write roast reviews sometimes, but I mostly do them in a spirit of good fun and entertainment for myself and my Goodreads followers xD I don't like books sometimes. We're not all going to like every book. But it's important to remember that someone still wrote the book, and even if you don't agree with everything in it or it has a lot of content, please don't slam it. :P Be kind, even if you don't like it. If you roast a book, do it lightly. If you disagree with a book, state why politely.

Basically: state things for your followers, and be kind about it. Don't necessarily expect everyone to agree with you. But remember, a lot of people really appreciate content reviews, especially on the big hyped bestsellers. So be nice. And be respectful. But write them!

Do you write content reviews? How do you set them up if you do? Talk to me in the comments!