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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…

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…

Condensing your story into one sentence is nervewracking, but not impossible

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I recently attended a writing conference where there were pitch appointments available for all attendees. This is one of the biggest perks of attending a writing conference in my opinion — the ability to pitch to, learn from, and simply talk to industry professionals who, let’s face it, know a lot more about how to get a book published than many aspiring writers do. To pitch at this conference, writers were asked to come prepared with their book’s title, genre, word count, and logline.

If you’re like me, you might be thinking, “what’s a logline?” Well, to put it simply…

Anecdote | Animal rescue

Rescuing a cat isn’t always glamorous, but it’s so, so worth it.

Image by the author of Copper (left) and Cinders (right)

I’ve had three cats in my life so far. One, Mitsy, was a little tuxedo kitten who showed up in the under-construction suburb of Nashville my family lived in while I was growing up. She was an amazing cat who lived with our family, and then me, for sixteen years before passing away last year.

The second cat, Cinders, is the first cat I adopted on my own after moving out of my parents’ house. She comes from the streets of Pueblo, Colorado, where a friend of one of my mom’s coworkers works with the Humane Society to do TNR…

How you present yourself matters, even if you aren’t suiting up for traditional job interviews.

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In the world of entrepreneurship, you might not be spending your time in daily work meetings and going to job interviews. Sure, there are always important meetings in any working professional’s life — entrepreneur or not — but they tend to look a little less traditional for entrepreneurs. My meetings and events for my small business, borrowed solace, an online literary journal, consist of attending conferences and hosting online workshops. This understandably looks very different from any of the job interviews or meetings I have had in my traditional brick-and-mortar jobs. …

Sometimes it seems like there’s not much you can do when stress is coming from external factors, but there’s always something you can control.

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For a long time, I wasn’t the best at handling stress. I don’t think you could say I was the worst at handling stress, but I didn’t handle it well. So, as you can imagine, when I found myself in a job that did anything but help me manage my stress, I went into a bit of a downward spiral.

But even those things in life that are very difficult to navigate can teach us lessons. …

My curation ratio was down, but my output was up.

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Medium has been one big science experiment to me lately. I’m trying to look at my articles like a chemist would look at a formula to determine what’s working, and what’s not, then modify my original hypothesis and try again.

In April, I changed my Medium formula by increasing the number of articles I wrote and published. I published eleven articles, which is the most I’ve published in a single month since starting on Medium, and I experimented with publishing poetry as well as creative nonfiction and the typical writing articles that always perform the best for me.

So now…

Addey Vaters

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

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