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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 busin…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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“I wish we could start over. I wish we were meeting for the first time. Clean slate.’

Haley considers this. It’s such a little-kid term. ‘Do-over!’ they’d shriek on the four-square court. The kickball field. Back when there was no mistake you couldn’t fix, no hurt you couldn’t heal with Band-Aids, hugs, and snacks. She’d love a do-over as well.”
Maria Padian, Wrecked

“The instant the words are out of his mouth, he realizes his mistake. It’s like getting smacked in the back of the head with a snowball: a thud, followed by glass-sharp prickles of dread melting down your neck.”
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