It’s the holidays once again! I don’t know about you, but I have no idea where 2018 went. Seems like I had just put the Christmas decorations away when it was time to take them out again. With four days left for Hanukkah, and with Christmas right around the corner, we’re all frantically searching for gifts for those special someones in our lives. If you have a writerly special someone in your life, here are my top 5 gift suggestions. And if you’re the writer in your life, treat yourself (or drop some hints to your loved ones).
- Craft or Reference Books
I’m of a mind no one can have too many craft or reference books. Check your writer’s bookshelf for these indispensable books I swear by:
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. In fact, all of their thesauruses are a must haves
Naughty Words for Nice Writers: A Romance Novel Thesaurus by Cara Bristol. I can’t tell you how helpful this is when writing those, um . . . intimate scenes.
Eleven Senses – Who Knew?: Word lists for the senses, emotions, and body language, with date of origin: A reference book for creative writers, by Marilyn Kelly. The date of origin comes in handy for historical writers.
The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes and Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes by Tami D. Cowden, Caro LaFever, and Sue Viders. I start here when I’m developing a new character.
Aside from Word, there are any number of other writing-targeted software programs out there. My two faves:
Scrivener – This writing tool is available for both PC and Mac.
Vellum – If your writer uses a Mac and is self-published, or planning to self-publish, this program is a game-changer. It’s like magic! Upload a Word document and out comes a beautifully formatted ebook and print book in all the popular formats suitable for upload to the top book retailers.
- Gym Membership
It’s no secret, writing is a sedentary activity (unless you have a treadmill desk), and writers don’t often get the exercise they need. Physical activity is important to keep the body healthy and in shape, and the mind fresh. I find when I take a power walk or engage in some other physical activity, my creativity rises along with my heart rate. Getting the blood flowing and the heart pumping boosts creativity. Don’t believe, me? Check out the studies.
- Small Comforts
Does the writer in your life love a hot cup of tea or a chocolate treat? Buy them a box (or two) of their favorite flavor, and a lovely little mug to pour it in. My favorite is Darjeeling with a dash of coconut milk creamer (for the dairy-intolerant) and a teaspoon of sugar. Chocolates are always welcome (unless you’re my Hubby, who is one of those rare chocolate-haters).
And for their bums, you can’t beat a nice gel seat cushion.
This is the number one gift you can give the writer in your life. It’s a precious commodity, as there is never enough of it. Offer up a weekend away (alone) for your writer, to work in peace and quiet, away from the demands of daily life. If that’s not in the budget, visit friends or family for a weekend, so your writer can hermit him or herself away from everything and focus on finishing that book.
Even if it’s only a few hours of solitude, your writer will appreciate the thoughtfulness of the gift.
What gifts do you get for your writerly someone? And writers, what gifts would you like to see in your stocking this year?