Did you know that I'm living in the Sunny South East of Ireland ― in Co. Wexford? On a clear day I can see the Irish Sea from my windows on the east, south, and west side of our home. God has blessed us so much when we moved into this house.
We have two dogs, a purebred sheepdog called Rap and a good Wexford Mix (not my but the vet's words) called Missy. I take them to the beach which is only 4km (2.5mi) away from where we live. Would you like to join me? Let's go!
Walking on the wooden path and then entering the beach we see the water waves coming ashore. Which way shall we go today? Hm, let's go left. What a beautiful day! If you want to you can take your shoes off and walk barefoot on the sand and in the water.
Stop for a moment and glance back. Do you see him? Do you see the angler way back there? No? Okay. Let us move on while keeping our eyes open to discover the beautiful plants along the way. There are no flowers at the beach you say? Look over there!
Oops, we better mind our steps. We almost stepped on a jellyfish. I don't like them. Do you?
Oh, see the seaweed over there in the wet sand? It comes in different shapes and colors. Fascinating, isn't it?
There are so many things to discover at the beach; stones and shells are among some of my favorite findings here.
I've never seen something like this before I moved to Ireland. Have you?
It's called a sea wash ball, and it's a cluster of egg cases of the whelk which is a sea snail. By the end of September they appear more frequently on the beach.
Watch your step! Oh my goodness! Look at that. What do people think of when they dispose of their razors, fishing hooks, and other dangerous items? Don't they realize that people might step into them and get hurt?
Talking about danger, do you see the lifebuoy over there? While this is a lovely wide beach we are walking on today it can become quite narrow especially during the winter. That's when it is good to know where these buoys are located at. Yes, you are probably right. Who wants to talk about winter on a sunny warm day like this?
I hope you enjoyed our little stroll at the beach today. I would love to show you more of Ireland's beauty, culture, and people in future posts. So please stay tuned.
Do you write? Are you working on a book, or are you writing articles, blog posts, or the like? Do you have a plan for writing? You should. It will make your writer's life so much easier.
1 Topic: What is the main idea? Can you state it in one sentence? If not, it might be too broad. Then you will need to narrow the topic.
2 Brainstorm: A Map to Follow Did you ever sit in front of your computer not knowing what to write? This will hardly happen to you if you have a map to follow. The map will consist of ideas which are related to the main topic. Organize the ideas into headings and subheadings and details. That is one way to create the Table of Contents which will be your guide through the writing process. No more blank pages. You will have your outline in front of you and know exactly what to write about each day.
3 Estimate: Words & Time First, ask yourself how long the article, book, blog post will be. Then, ask yourself how many words you can write within an hour. Divide the word count by the words you can accomplish within an hour. That will give you an idea of how many hours you will need to finish your text. Don't underestimate possible delays. In fact, expect them to happen. You might be able to write 750 or 1000 words per hour, but can you accomplish that many words within an hour when distractions are in your way? As for me, I like to count on no more than 300-500 words per hour. I know that doesn't sound like much, however, this will enable me to write at a comfortable speed. I don't have to worry too much when things are not working according to plan.
4 To-Do-Lists Before you begin to write make research lists (online searches, articles and books to read, places to visit, and questions to ask). Create a table to fill in details of articles, audio files, books, web addresses, etc. for the bibliography of your book. These lists will help you stay focused on your tasks. That way, when you sit at the computer and write you will not get distracted by doing research. Keep the list/s on your desk and make note of what research/es need to be done.
5 Schedule Your Writing This is so important. I can't emphasize this enough. There is a time for everything under the sun. There is a time for writing. Create a weekly planner and set aside a block of time for writing. Guard the time to write. Withdraw to a quiet place. Avoid any distractions. Work according to your plan.
I'm a helpmeet, homemaker and writer. I was born and raised in Germany but I'm now living in the stunning Sunny South East of Ireland.