It’s quite likely that you’ll have the opportunity to review movies and plays in your writing career. The two story-telling art forms are as closely related as first cousins and have influenced each other since the days of silent film
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan is often overlooked. But when your primary competitor is J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, aka the best-selling series of all time, is there really anyone to blame? Most middle-grade readers had their sights set exclusively on the Harry Potter series in the early 2000s.
There’s no shortage of articles that recommend people watching to supplement your writing routine. Just going out and watching is a good start, but you can take the practice much farther to improve your writing.
Recently, I found myself struggling to get through Dune by Frank Herbert. Not having much experience with heavy, world-based science fiction novels, my initial excitement to read all about the desert planet of Arrakis quickly turned into confusion and constant backtracking.
Imagine that you are a newbie art critic about to launch yourself into the reviewing game. You want to cover a new exhibit at the Serpentine Gallery, a startup in your city’s trendiest district.
Now that the weather is starting to resemble spring (depending on your location, of course), kids who have been cooped up too long are wanting to explore outside, enjoy the sunshine, and maybe even see their friends.
This may come as no surprise, but most Americans rarely venture into art galleries and museums. Adventurous vacationers may dash into museums such as the Louvre for quickie tours of iconic artworks—who doesn’t want to mention having seen the Mona Lisa? —but for the most part they stay out of commercial art galleries because they feel intimidated.
Visual art is a luxury enterprise. Art lovers may assert that it’s a psychological necessity, but even the most ardent will admit that no one starves for lack of art.
Are you a “foodie”—someone with a passion for kitchens and cuisine? Could your passion sustain you through writing reviews of restaurants? Would writing diminish or enhance your love affair with food? If you’re inclined to answer “enhance,” read on.
A substantial niche of the publishing industry known as “enthusiast” titles, automotive magazines are excellent sources for learning how to write concise, comprehensive, and entertaining reviews. Every month, Road and Track and Car and Driver run multiple reviews of new cars—each piece describing the vehicle’s concept, place in the overall market, fit, finish, features, handling, price, and value.