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Addey Vaters

What makes up a person? Too many things to count, but here are some of those uncountable things.

I also like old buildings — make that number eleven?

Although I said in my subtitle that there are too many things that make up a person to count, I am going to count a few things here. That is, perhaps, the first thing about me: I am, at times, a walking contradiction.

The second thing, then, is that I like to write. Obviously, since I am writing this, and since I have written numerous articles about writing. I like writing and talking about the written word — writers and readers are truly magical.

A third thing on the list about myself is that I like connectedness. As I mentioned…


You probably can, but it takes a lot of work and some stick-to-itivness.

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If you’re like 41% of Americans, you probably listen to your favorite podcast at least once a month (or more, if you’re like me.) That’s about 116 million Americans who tune in to the new talk radio format that allows you to listen to your favorite creators whenever, and wherever, you want by simply downloading an app on the phone that’s already in your pocket.

When I first suggested to the other editors of , the literary journal where I am co-founder and poetry editor, that we start a podcast, I was met with a bit of skepticism. How…


Microsoft, Apple, and Google were all founded by friends so it can be done, but there’s a right way to do it

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In 2017, my college friends and I were set to graduate and go our separate ways. The end of our last school year loomed (well, at least for those of us who chose not to tackle graduate school at the time). We were all hanging on for dear life to the last few meetings of the Writer’s Guild, a writing club we had all started together on campus. These club meetings would be the last couple of times we were able to solely focus on creativity and bouncing ideas off of one another.

We knew our lives were going to…


…and it wasn’t on Medium

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I finally know the feeling of having an article go viral on the world wide web!
The article in question didn’t go viral on Medium, however, it went viral on the oft-written about local news site, Newsbreak.

Let’s rewind back to the beginning of 2021. I wasn’t selected for Newsbreak’s amazing creator program promising writers $1,000 per month that everyone was raving about. I applied practically the first time I saw mention of the opportunity here on Medium, only to be disappointed when I got the rejection email a few days later. But I’m a writer, so I was (and…


Sometimes taking a break from writing is the only way to actually end up writing.

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We all have those moments — seconds, minutes, hours, days, or weeks that slip by without a single word coming to mind. I’ve had stretches of time where writing is the last possible thing I want to do, and I like to call myself a writer. It’s easy to get into a headspace where writing feels like a chore, but then I feel bad for not writing, so I wallow in my lack of writing instead of actually writing until I’ve made writing seem like the least exciting thing in the world I could be doing. …


ANECDOTE | PET OWNERSHIP

Sometimes even the vet can’t figure out what’s wrong with your fur baby, and that makes for a stressful experience for you and your cat.

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When I first adopted my cat Copper last year, he was one sick kitten. I didn’t know it at the time, but he had tummy issues that resulted in…let’s just say unpleasant litter box trips. He was the tiniest little guy I had ever seen, and the most fragile kitten I had ever held.

The rescue I had adopted Copper from specialized in saving animals from high-risk kill shelters. Copper came to me after a rough twenty-four hours where he had been transported from New Mexico to Colorado with a truck full of other cats and a few dogs, all…


Flashbacks in your story can be useless, or they can be an incredible way to add characterization or further your plot. The choice is up to you.

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Do you know something that bothers me when I am reading a novel? Useless flashbacks. Recently I was reading a story where the main character had a flashback. While the memory was compelling and easy to follow, it didn’t serve any purpose in the scene. You might be thinking “well, it probably was important to something later on in the book.” I have since finished the book, and it did not, in fact, serve a purpose later in the book either. It really had no point in the book. There wasn’t an important tidbit of information from the flashback that…


Or are they just another way for writers to waste their hard-earned money?

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Writing conferences. If you’re a writer (like most of you reading this probably are), then you’ve at least heard of them. You’ve maybe even attended one or two, or, if you’re a published author, maybe even presented at a conference before. Conferences are a big part of any field — especially pre-pandemic — but are they worth it? I’ve attended my fair share of conferences since I was in college, and I fall firmly on the side of loving them. If you’re a bit more on the fence, I totally get it. When you’re a pre-New-York-Times-bestselling author, there’s a lot…

Addey Vaters

Lover of cats and drinker of tea. Poetry editor & podcast host at borrowed solace. Words in Adroit Journal, Vita Brevis, & others. AddeyVaters.com

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