My Own Worst Enemy

//My Own Worst Enemy

TWF’s Absolute Beginners Online Writing Course participant Marisa Giles says, ‘put your own worst enemy away and just enjoy the experience of writing’.

Like many other writers, I am my own worst enemy. I read work by others, compare it to mine and then doubt comes crashing through my mind and I stop writing. I stop thinking I can do it; I think, there are so many other writers that there’s no space for me, for my thoughts … Then I came across an article that said, ‘Don’t compare yourself to other writers – it is the worst thing you can do’ and the penny finally dropped. I decided to write about what I like and what I love, even though to write is to make yourself vulnerable.

The appeal to me about The Write Factor’s online course is in the title, ‘Absolute Beginners’. There it is in a nutshell. That is me. I had dabbled and done a previous course for creative writing but it was too heavily centred around punctuation and editing. I found this took away the very essence of writing for me. It took away the natural flow I was looking to find.

I started the course and was not disappointed; the exercises are cleverly put together along with a good selection of reading material to support the assignments. I also (strangely) enjoyed having the deadlines to work to, and the mix of exercises was inspiring. I loved the challenge of bringing together random words plucked out of thin air in the five-minute exercises. I was writing every day; thinking about writing every day. It was a truly invigorating feeling.

The final assignment was the best; it was a combination of everything I’d learned, expertly put together to make you think – really think – and put into practice all that had been covered. I truly enjoyed this experience and would recommend it to anyone who wishes to take up the pen, or laptop. Take a look at the Absolute Beginners course, put your own worst enemy away and just enjoy the experience of writing.


For more information on The Write Factor’s Absolute Beginners Online Writing Course click here.

Rob Swan

Rob Swan

Managing Director at The Write Factor
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