Want to hear a secret? Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to write a book. I have always been a massive bookworm, for years I would fall asleep with my glasses still on my face and a book in my hands, the page I was reading lost until morning. I love reading, I love how I can physically just be sat in my living room but, through the power of words on a page, feel like I’m in a whole different place, watching the excitement and drama of someone else’s life unfold. Books really are amazing.
I have always admired how authors are able to make you feel so many strong emotions just through the sentences they have creatively crafted together. There have been times I have slammed books closed in frustration, cried my eyes out with what feels like genuine grief at the demise of a main character and times I have laughed so hard it hurts. That’s my dream right there; I would love to write a story that people really invested in, that moved them and made them really feel something. So why haven’t I done it, you might be wondering? Well, I have a good reason. Two good reasons actually, one is called Leo and the other is called Alex.
Don’t let motherhood stop you from chasing your dreams
When I was 22 and pretty fresh out of university, motherhood happened and for the last four and half years I haven’t had the energy, motivation and time to commit to writing a book. I have tried to write a novel (I managed three chapters of a directionless thriller and gave up) but these little people of mine demand so much time and attention, something I am happy to give them by the bucketful. Recently though, I have realised that using my boys as an excuse not to chase my dreams isn’t really the example I want to be setting for them as they grow up. After all, it’s 2018, aren’t we supposed to be able to have it all? I love my boys dearly, I am a stay at home mum and their happiness and needs are my priority, always, but I’m sure that their happiness doesn’t need to come at the expense of my dreams, does it?
I have reached a point now where my head is full of so many ideas that I need to start writing them down. I am scared if I don’t bite the bullet and get writing this story then I never will. I have a genuine fear of being an old lady looking back on my life and regretting never chasing my dream, that one thing I have wanted since I was a little girl with books piled high up next to my bed and a fantasy of seeing my own book on the shelves of a bookstore one day. I’m going to go for it, the ideas are there, the motivation is there, all I need to do now is banish the self doubt and tell the little voice saying ‘you can’t do it’ to shut up and just get typing.
Association of Learning Creative Writing course review
As well as being a busy mum serving as a hurdle in my path towards reaching my dreams , my confidence in my writing is lacking and I need to get over this before I can fully commit to this project. I think if I brushed up on my writing skills a little bit, really put some effort into learning how to write fiction, then there really would be nothing holding me back. With no childcare options, going to a night class or college or committing to an Open University degree seem unrealistic goals to be setting myself right now. However, there is a way I can learn some creative writing skills, brush up on my writing knowledge and still get help and guidance from a tutor, all from the comfort of my own home and at a time and pace that suits me. Association of Learning is an online provider of industry recognised, quality courses. I am enrolled on the Creative Writing Level 3 diploma, I have tutor guidance and there are 14 really interesting and useful modules for me to work through.
The creative writing course from Association of Learning is exactly what I need to help give me the boost in both knowledge and confidence to finally get started on my book. The best thing about Association of Learning is that you can complete the modules in your own time, there is no rush to get coursework completed by a specific deadline. Students enrolled on the creative writing course do have only 12 months to complete all the modules and the exam, however, I have had a good look through the modules and whilst the work load isn’t small, it can definitely be completed within the space of a year, even if you are a busy parent like me.
I am so excited to work through all the different modules and to be a student again. I love learning new things and I feel like this is something I have really missed since becoming a mum and my brain became overrun with thoughts about nappies, milk and keeping two little people alive! Modules include: short story writing, scriptwriting, non-fiction writing, life writing, novel writing, getting published and loads more. If you have dreams of becoming an author one day but want to gain some valuable skills and knowledge too then this distance learning creative writing course from Association of Learning is definitely worth looking in to.
Once all the modules and exam are completed and marked by your tutor via email, you will then receive your certificate. The Creative Writing Level 3 is a fully accredited course, following the Ofqual Qualification framework and certificated by an Ofqual regulated awarding body. If you are looking for writing jobs (rather than being a freelance writer) having this qualification on your CV will be really beneficial and help you to stand out amongst the other candidates.
Association of Learning have a large variety of courses available at really affordable prices, you can split the cost in to manageable monthly instalments if needed too. If raising a family has slowed down your career progression, or if you just fancy starting to climb a completely different career ladder, then learning from home with Association of Learning and around all your existing family commitments could be the best route for you to take.
I am so excited to really get stuck in to this course and at long last write that book I have desperately wanted to write since I was a child. I love being a mum, my boys are my whole world but being a parent doesn’t mean I can’t chase my dreams too. The same goes for you, if you really want to do something, it doesn’t matter how hectic life is, make the time to follow your dreams. By working hard, being passionate about something and doing a job you love, you will be setting an amazing example to your kids and inspire them to chase their own dreams as they grow up too. Being a stay at home parent is a wonderful yet demanding and exhausting job but it doesn’t have to completely consume you and, with a bit of juggling, you can still achieve all those things you have always dreamed of.
WIN A CREATIVE WRITING COURSE FROM ASSOCIATION OF LEARNING
Do you dream of being a writer too? Love the sound of studying from home and working through a course at your own pace? You are definitely going to want to enter this giveaway. Association of Learning have kindly agreed to offer one of my lucky readers a place on the Creative Writing Level 3 course. You can find out all about the modules included and the work involved by checking out the course outline here. Unlike if you were paying for the course, this prize does not include tutor support. However, you will have access to all the modules, have your work marked and assessed and receive your official certificate when the course is completed.
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Have you always dreamt of doing something but raising a family put those plans on hold? If you have managed to make your dream a reality, alongside bringing up your children, then I would love for you to share your inspiring stories in the comments below.
Disclaimer: I received a 12 month subscription to the Creative Writing Level 3 course from Association of Learning free of charge in return for this honest review. All words and opinions are my own.