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.