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Maria Padian

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I'm a reader and an author: not a critic or a reviewer! I believe in the power of stories. So while I definitely have my opinions about the things I read, my primary goal is to share great books and promote literature, which is one of my great, abiding passions.

That said, I'm no longer going to affix stars to the books I read. I'll offer a comment or two, and maybe if I'm deliriously in love and can't contain my excitement I color in five of those stars ... but as a creator of stories I well know what goes into writing a book, and can't possible assign a "number" to anyone's work. I'm in awe of anyone brave enough to put it out there. Carry on!

To learn more about the books I've written, visit my website at http://www.mariapadian.com

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Maria Padian Goodness, I hope I never write a scathing review! Honestly, if I read something I don't like I'll simply forego commenting on social media. This…moreGoodness, I hope I never write a scathing review! Honestly, if I read something I don't like I'll simply forego commenting on social media. This business is too tough for us to be taking pot shots at each other. As an author, I really try to use my online presence to promote and support other writers and their work.

That said, I'm often surprised and dismayed by the tone of many reviews in the "blogosphere." They seem like/feel like mean girls on the middle school playground instead of professionals discussing literature. At worst, they read like the comments section of a local newspaper.

I remember once getting upset over a review which ripped one of my books, and my editor at the time (a very experienced, smart person at Knopf) said to me, "Maria, don't you think I know what I'm doing? I'm a pro. If I thought those things were lacking in your book I would have flagged them and we would have worked through them during revision"

So true! It was the reminder I needed that a traditionally published book has gone through MULTIPLE revision passes, not only at the agenting stage but at the editorial stage and copy editing. And wow, copy editors are STICKLERS. Talk about tough love. But ... I am always so very, very grateful to my copy editors.

Reviewing is not creative writing, but I do think it is an art in itself. I enjoy reading great literary criticism and there are definitely reviewers whose work falls in that category. But in the Wild West of Goodreads you encounter ... well, let's be kind and call it The Wide Range of Reviewing Talent and Abilities. As an author you learn how to parse the useful feedback from the ... useless.

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Maria Padian Invest in a good chair. I wrote my last book in a cheap folding chair and my back is still killing me.
Honestly, though, the best writing advice I ever…more
Invest in a good chair. I wrote my last book in a cheap folding chair and my back is still killing me.
Honestly, though, the best writing advice I ever got was from my college advisor, a very successful published poet. He told his students, “Most art isn’t very good and most art doesn’t last.”
Not what an aspiring twenty-something novelist wants to hear, right? But it was empowering. Because it liberated me from the burden of greatness. I didn’t need to write perfect poems or bestselling novels or prize-winning short story collections. I simply needed to write my best, truest, most authentic stories without worrying about how my work “measured up.”
So write from your heart, then rewrite as if your life depended on it. Not because you want to be famous or make a lot of money or get great reviews, but because you care about it, deeply. Sherman Alexie says he writes in blood because he knows how it feels to bleed. So that’s it, really: write in blood.
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My only regret about Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, edited by Kelly Jensen, is that it’s coming out just shy of my daughter’s road trip to Washington. She and a pack of college friends set off this weekend for the Women’s March, and I wish they had a copy to read aloud to each other on the multi-hour drive. This excellent collection of essays, interviews, and illustrations by a whol... Read more of this blog post »
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I don't do stars, but if you're interested in what I think of this TERRIFIC book, here's my take: http://mariapadianblog.blogspot.com/
Thanks, Kelly Jensen, and all the contributors.
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Maria is on page 73 of 197 of Nutshell: Up to this point I've been luxuriating in the wonderful writing, but oh, p. 70! When John comments, "Not remotely appropriate," I laughed out loud in pure delight. This plot twist took me completely by surprise and reminded me why I love Ian McEwan's work and why I love to read.
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"When college freshman Haley sustains her third concussion she knows it’s the end of her soccer career so she heads back to her dorm to recuperate. The same night she sustains her injury, her roommate Jenny is raped at a campus party. Across campus..." Read more of this review »
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