As the world turns - I've switched countries again - now back in Spain. Love it but it is unbelievably hot. Even London was in the middle of a heatwave when I was there last week. When I left, Miami was enjoying its usual summer weather of sunshine and showers. The Costa Blanca where I am currently, (hope you're keeping up - it takes me a while each morning to remember where I am ) has not seen rain for weeks - and none is predicted. Holidaymaker continue to baste themselves on the beach, like the locals, I seek out shade.
I stay indoors all day working until early evening when I venture out to walk by the ocean.
Having put my new novel through two further drafts - this week will finish research questions and send to editor. Then I will travel up into the mountains to cool off.
Edit, edit, edit! I am returning to the job of editing the third draft of my new book after having set it aside to advise other writers on their work. However proficient or experienced a writer you are, the editing process is crucial. Over the last couple of weeks I have edited a treasure trove of works, a couple from authors who attended my classes at The Standard. The range of creativity is wonderful to behold - a first time time novel set in the high society world of Miami Beach by a contemporary and talented new writer whose first language is Russian; a children's book full of magic and legend and a deep spiritual anti-bullying message and a specialist academic paper in a medical field I know little about, but I do know how to make words flow. My mantra as always is Words on Paper, you can't edit a blank page. The more you write, the more you will open the channel to inspiration. Photo: Cruise ships on my horizon across Biscayne Bay in Port of Miami.
Ellen Frazer-Jameson is a journalist, author, actress. theater producer and drama coach. She co hosted the largest live late night radio show in Europe for the BBC and has appeared on national TV shows and taken leading roles on stage. She lives in Miami and London and loves to dance Argentine tango.