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Write Guide to Holiday Shopping!


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I love anything “writerly.” And if you’re reading this, chances are you do too! Whether you’re buying for yourself, a writing buddy or conveniently “linking” to this post in an email to your loved ones, ideas for great gifts are always a bonus!
So, let the list of joyous writer’s gifts begin!

  1. If your magazine stockpile has become a dangerous pillar of paper – get organized! I LOVE this fabric wall-mount magazine organizer, priced about $15 from The Container Store.
  2. Keep your files neatly labeled with a Dymo Letratag Label Maker. Buy it on-line or at any office supply store for about $30. You can change the font style, size and color.
  3. Every writer needs pens, even if they primarily type their work. I love the smooth non-skip flow of the Pilot Precise V5 in black and red ink (gotta edit sometimes!)
  4. A Digital Voice Recorder is great for recording those plot twist ideas when stuck in traffic. Also beneficial for recording interviews to later transcribe. The one I use has a setting to record in separate “files” for easy tracking. RCA RP 5120-A runs about $30 and can be found at Walmart, Target, Circuit City, etc.
  5. Books! Of course, the highly acclaimed “Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids” by Christina Katz is a fav of mine. This book got me thinking seriously about the non-fiction market. Another on my own wish list: “Writing Personal Essays: How to Shape Your Life Experiences for the Page” by Sheila Bender. The market for personal stories is growing by the day and I intend to join them!
  6. Of course, general office supplies are always in need, since we use these up! Post-it’s, notecards, notebooks, binders, file folders, mailing labels are good staples (staples, too!) But for something fun and funky, try wrapables.com for cool bookends and such.
  7. If you’re getting serious about your writing and ready to take it to the next level, I recommend “Get Know Before the Book Deal“, another gem by Christina Katz. And in the meantime, order some inexpensive but quality business cards from Vistaprint.com. They have great sales and freebies!
  8. Maybe you’re a writer who’s going more techy. Some ideas would be: WritersMarket.com subscription to help find and organize all those markets, Storyright.com – a nifty software (free trial!) which helps the plotting, outlining and writing of your fiction, especially novels!, a flashdrive to save your valuable work, or a gift certificate to one of multiple on-line writing courses. I found my niche in writing short stuff and getting my first clip by taking “Writing and Publishing the Short Stuff,” valued at $199.00, you can get in the class for FREE, check out the details here.
  9. Of course, there are always the unconventional gifts writers need like time and space. Read this eye-opening article titled “Writers’ Wish Lists: More than Office Supplies,” by Melissa Mayntz in the Funds For Writers Small Markets Newsletter, (12-07-08 issue.)
  10. And if you’re still stumped, go here for a whole book of ideas, compliments of WOW! Women on Writing!

Happy shopping and remember…Santa’s watching.


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Coolest writing software EVER!

Thanks to my Naperville Region NaNoWriMo’s wiki page, I linked to a wicked writing software site.  The download is free and it says you have a 14-day free trial, not sure the cost to buy, but I’m definitely  going to purchase this puppy.

StoryRight is a place to create and save characters, plot, subplot, themes, settings and chapters. This is PERFECT for NaNo’ers. Until last night at approximately 10pm, I was in a funk over the plot for my November Novel. I signed up on StoryRight and was immediately led through creating a Main Character, complete with her name, gender, physical description, wants, fears, etc.

I then proceeded to answer a one page questionnaire from her perspective and learned she is a bitter teen who longs for her absent mother’s love and approval. She’s also an avid water skier and housekeeper at her family’s lake resort. Wow! This interesting character was born and fledged into a real person with emotions and a  past and secrets lurking under the surface – all in a matter of about 20 minutes.

What’s cool about this software is the ability to create multiple stories and/or characters all in one site, yet each separated from the other. If you get a hankering for writing a setting, with no plot in mind – go there and just save it for later. Same with a character or theme. Each page you create has the ability to be saved as a Word doc. I’m sure there’s more this software can do, I just touched the surface last night.

This is the first writing software I’ve tried, I know there are many more.  Have you tried any? What are the pro’s and con’s?

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