You can’t fix a blank page.
November 7, 2015
A FEW MONTHS AGO, I decided because of all the help I’ve gotten on my journey toward publication, that I wanted to give back. I went to the Director of the activity center where I live and asked her if I could start a writing class for people who want to get their words onto paper, who are not already published, and to those who want to write seriously or for hobby. She grabbed on to the idea and I started my class which will run for seven weeks.
I write my own curriculum as I have been doing for all of the courses that I have taught online nationwide and in my studio in NYC, for over twenty years that I’ve had my holistic healing practice. I’ve also created curriculum for the New York City Department of Education. I love teaching adult learners and this was my way of continuing to do this.
This is my word of advice to everyone who says they don’t know what to write. Get out paper and a pen and start writing thoughts. What did you do today? How did you help yourself or others? What soaked up your time? How did you feel about that? One minute happening could be the start of something excellent.
A fellow in my class this weekend told me he was a blank slate and he didn’t have any ideas. I asked him what he wanted in this class. He said he wanted to be published. Okay, that is the first step. He’s serious. We started talking about character and I asked my students to think of a character that they would like to write in a novel. What characteristics do your hero, heroine, protagonist, antagonists have? As the class brainstormed, this fellow’s light bulb went on. I told them they have to come in with an open mind and be willing to absorb what we talk about. Again it’s taking the chance and risk and putting down words on paper.
The last few minutes of the class–I meant to take more time but it flew–I asked the students to write in a narrative their character’s traits. Low and behold, they all started writing! Words appeared on their paper that they didn’t know they had in them. That was a beautiful thing.
I referred back to the quote that I had written on the dry erase board. ‘I can fix a bad page. I can’t fix a blank one.’ Nora Roberts.
They got it.
So the bottom line message from this blog. Put your pen onto the paper and write your first thought.
Hope you enjoyed something a little out of the ordinary from me. Happy writing.
About Ronnie Allen:
Ronnie Allen is a New York City native, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York, where she was a teacher in the New York City Department of Education for 33 years including the obtaining of a New York State license as School Psychologist. Her various roles included classroom teacher, staff developer, crisis intervention specialist, and mentor for teachers who were struggling. Always an advocate for the child, Allen carries this through as a theme in her novel Gemini, with the reader seeing the horrors of child abuse through the eyes of three characters.
In the early 1990s she began a journey into holistic healing and alternative therapies and completed her PhD in Parapsychic Sciences in 2001.
Along the way, Allen has picked up many certifications. She is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner as well as a crystal therapist, Reiki practitioner, metaphysician, dream analyst, and Tarot Master Instructor. She has taught workshops in New York City and in Central Florida where she now lives.
Combining a love of the crime genre and her psychology background, with her alternative therapies experiences, writing psychological thrillers is the perfect venue for her.