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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…

There’s a lot you can do to edit your book without hiring a professional editor

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So you’ve finally written that book you’ve been working on for what seems like your entire life. You’ve followed your outline precisely or, if you’re like me, pantsed your way through the entire book while sticking to your overall story arc. However you got there, you’re now done with your…

This isn’t one of those articles that will tell you to quit your full-time job, I promise

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As a writer who’s finally gotten into freelancing and is actually being paid for her writing (which, I must tell you, was much harder than all the articles on here would like to make you think), I’ve been learning how to balance my new clients with my full-time job. …

To beta read, or not to beta read, that is the question

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Oh, beta readers. If you’re a writer in the midst of writing and editing a novel, you’re probably quite familiar with the term. It’s the idea that you need a second group of people to read through your book — your beta readers — after you’ve finished writing said book…

Poetry is not fiction, so don’t treat the two forms the same.

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I read a decent amount of poetry. My love for this creative form of writing started in high school and has only blossomed since my teenage years. In college, I studied classical literature extensively, finding certain poets to fall in love with and others who I believed were overrated (perhaps…

I finally started using the plethora of journals I’d gathered over the years when I let myself write whatever I want.

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen my fair share of articles about journaling on Medium and elsewhere over the years. …


A memory.

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My parents took us on a trip to the Las Vegas of Tennessee — Gatlinburg — on another occasion. We had to drive a mere four hours this time. Piece. Of. Cake. We went to Gatlinburg.

We stayed in a hotel that was a little sketchy. And by…

Is pitching your novel — online or in-person — a worthwhile endeavor?

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If you’ve written a novel, you’re probably familiar with something that all writers dread: the pitch. Summing up a novel you’ve spent countless hours revising, proofreading, and developing in a sentence or two logline is hard enough, but pitching said novel and logline to a literary agent or editor is…

Friends drifting apart is a fact of life, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to handle.

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The pandemic has been hard on relationships. Whether you’ve started to realize you don’t align with your friends on certain values, you’ve struggled to find outings that both you and your friends feel comfortable participating in, or you’ve simply lost touch as the past year and a half has dragged…

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.) …

Addey Vaters

Writer, reader, cat lover, and tea drinker. Poetry editor & podcast host at borrowed solace. Words in Adroit Journal, Vita Brevis, & others.

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