Method Writing: Love the Truth of Your Voice

I am at the point in the “Method Writing” book that I bought where I am told to keep a journal and write in it every day so that I can find my voice as a writer. The first of the four concepts of Method Writing is learning how to write like you talk.

As I mentioned before, I have been writing in a journal since 1st grade. I have been told I already have a voice.

This is something they bring up that is interesting to me:

Learn to love the truth of your voice, not the showy effects of writing.

Jack Grapes

I’ve been switching between writing new material, writing in this blog, reading Method Writing, and taking notes on Method Writing. I think this blog will be a good place to write down the gist of what I am learning through this process and this particular book.

I have a voice but there is another voice that I spent years and years wishing I sounded like: Anais Nin.

I think I will dedicate a few blogs to my favorite writer, who is a woman who wrote in a journal mostly her whole life: Anais Nin. More people need to know about her, because too many have forgotten or even heard of her.

So I Submitted Something…

…to the Los Angeles Review, a publication that comes out in print once a year and posts regularly online.

I’m nervous.

I’m going to submit something to one of their contests.

I’m really nervous about that. It will take two to four months for me to get an answer. In the meantime, I am searching for places that might get me published faster.

This Summer: Writing Contests

My Dad got me a subscription to a magazine that advertises writing contests every month, so a lot of my time will be spent writing short stories, flash fiction, and a few more different genres. I’ll be posting here but there won’t be very many essays or articles until the end of the summer.

You can always get in touch with me via twitter (batiekear) or email:

If you have a request for a piece please email me.

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