Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Gift Ideas for Writers

By Julie Daines

Well, Christmas is just around the corner. So what do you get your writer friends--or yourself--for Christmas? Here are a few suggestions:

Books that I find especially good:

Save the Cat has excellent advice on plot, concept, and pacing. Writing Irresistible Kidlit gives more in-depth instruction on the finer points of writing such as voice, imagery, and showing verses telling. Both are a must for any writer.

Useful gifts:

For me, Scrivener is a must. I don't know how I'd write without it. It's available for Mac or Windows. Every writer needs and loves a note book, small enough to fit in a pocket or purse.

Just for fun:

A Shakespeare bust--or whatever you think might inspire them, like a bonsai tree, an hourglass, a cool desk lamp. CafePress has TONS of fun and witty mugs, t-shirts, water bottles, mouse pads, etc with sayings on them about writing. Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty is perfect to work out writer's block. And  this handy Aqua Notes pad lets you write down every great idea that comes to you in the shower.

What are your suggestions?
Or, better yet, what do you want for Christmas?

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