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.