Insecure Writer's Support Group time again. This month's insecurity is about Amazon reviews. Not about not getting them (although I really would like more) but writing them.
Usually I only post a review if I enjoyed the book. It doesn't have to be perfect, but unless I can honestly say something positive and award at lease three stars, I don't review. I mostly read fiction and generally whether or not I enjoyed the book is as much about personal preference as it is about the author's skill, so I think that's fair.
What though if the book is truly awful? What if it's just a lot of repetitive waffle that doesn't go anywhere and it's a non fiction how-to book giving dreadful advice? (I recently downloaded one of these.) Should I say that and give it one star - or keep quiet?
Being a writer myself makes a difference, I feel. I worry that negative reviews might look like sour grapes. What do you do? Only give 'good' reviews, or a mixture, or none at all? If you don't give any, please do consider leaving them for books you've enjoyed, especially if the books hasn't already got dozens - you'll help that author feel a lot more secure.
Update I prepared this post a few days in advance. This morning I got a lovely new review for Paint Me a Picture which has brightened a wet, grey morning.