1. Don’t get bogged down describing the plot or characters in your movie review. Only give your reader necessary information.
2. Avoid spoilers if you can (“ . . . and this all leads up to the stunning revelation in The Empire Strikes Back that Darth Vader is, in fact, Luke’s father”). Building curiosity or suspense in your movie review is a Good Thing.
3. Pretend your reader doesn’t trust you. He or she isn’t going to run right out and buy the book / rent the DVD just because you say, “Dude/Girl, you’ve gotta see/read (title)! It’s good!”. Give your reader valid, solid reasons to take your advice.
4. Aim for at least three good, specific examples of every “reason” you give in your book or movie review paper. (This will help you avoid shallowness like “(Star’s name) is sooooo hot!” or “(Title) is a good book” or “See (title) because I liked it.”). If you need to re-read the book or re-watch the movie to pick out your examples, be sure to schedule time for it.
5. Don’t forget to attach a “Works Cited” page (yes, on all three of your drafts as well as your final one).
6. Treat titles properly – book and movie titles are underlined or italicized EVERY TIME.
Every Writer’s Wish . . .
. . . is that the paper or project would just flow onto the page (or through the keyboard), perfect the first
Alas, it doesn’t work that way. Writing is WORK!
There’s craftsmanship involved!
If you’re not struggling with it, you’re not doing it right!