When writing about a popular show that you love, it is important to not forget your brain in the dumpster. Otherwise, you will end up writing things that won’t only make you look like a retard on LSD, but also earn the ire of the more critical part of the anime blogging/reviewing community.
Sword Art Online is a fine example. I’m sure that some of you might have heard of the influx of badly-written SAO anime reviews during the past few weeks, and maybe have read some of those yourselves. As much as I want to bash these people for flooding MAL with horrible English and brainless fan banter, I won’t. As much as I hate terrible writing now, I’ll admit that I went through a phase like that too. My writing skill wasn’t as good back then as it may be now. As these people from MAL admitted themselves, SAO would be their first time writing reviews. I can only see this as a good thing (shame on those troll reviewers, really). More people willing to write about anime? Why not?
I know, I know. I wrote this article, and you now think that I’m being a huge hypocrite. I still stand by that article and everything that it contains. Yes, I do think that people should stop writing garbage, but I’m not saying that they should stop writing altogether. Learn from previous mistakes and from the mistakes of others to improve your writing and tackle the real relevant aspects of an anime, anime as a whole, or the anime community. This is not only a message for the readers, but for myself as well.
Writing is amazing. It has the capacity to connect people, generate discussion and forge relationships. Whether you write bluntly like me, or stay polite like most anime bloggers, that’s up to you. I’m just saying that if you plan on writing, use that brain of yours to do what it’s supposed to: learn. Here’s my advice to anyone who wants to start their own anime blog, or just write about anything under the sun.
- Read lots of well-written articles to get a feel of the proper way of tackling your material and avoid pitfalls.
- Think about your subject. What do you have to say about it? How will you make your opinions count among hundreds of others? This is the most important part of the process.
- Write intelligently. Say what you want, but use what you have gathered from the first two steps to not make a fool out of yourself.
This is a continuous process, and it’s the one that I use in my writing – academic or otherwise. You cannot learn how to write well instantly, but through a long and painful process of repeatedly reading, thinking and writing.
And now back to your regularly-scheduled articles. I might write about Muv-Luv and Jintai regularly, so yeah. No blog entries for the past few days because my PC just got fixed. Sorry about that.