My Top Ten Gifts for Writers

By Pamela S. Meyers
It’s
exactly ten days until December 25th, and it’s an excellent time to
consider what you might want to gift your favorite writer with this Christmas.
Or . . . if you are a writer, what you may want to hint to find under your tree
on Christmas morning.
I’ll
start with a list of wonderful gift books for any writer of fiction and end the list with a few great gift ideas that aren’t books. I’ve linked the books to Amazon, but most are available at any on-line bookstore or through your favorite brick and mortar store.
1.  Flip Dictionary  – The description on this resource’s Amazon
page says, “You know what you want to say but can’t think
of the word. You can describe what you’re thinking but you don’t know the name
for it. Flip Dictionary solves this common problem!”  
2.   Synonym Finder – With a simple
alphabetical arrangement this book has been expanded to include thousands of
new words and expressions that have entered the language in recent years, and
includes clearly labeled slang and informal words and expressions.
3.  Emotion Thesaurus – This is one of
my favorite resources. If you want your character to feel anxious, go to the
word in this handy little book and it lists all the body language associated
with anxiety as well as the internal reactions. There are a lot of tips for
writers interspersed throughout the book as well. The authors have also come
out with two companion books, The Negative Trait Thesaurus and The Positive Trait Thesaurus. I actually prefer the Kindle edition because by keeping my tablet close to me while I write I can look up the emotion I am considering, then with a tap on the screen go to other similar emotions without having to flip through the pages.
4.  Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
The subtitle of this book is “How to Edit Yourself into Print. – Shortly after
I began seriously writing fiction this book was recommended to me. It’s been
revised and is still a best seller for writers. It’s one I often go to again and again.
5.  Revision and Self Editing by James
Scott Bell – An author in his own right, James Scott Bell not only writes
fiction he teaches how to write it. A great companion to the self-editing book
at #5.
6. Plot and Structure by James Scott
Bell – Another great writing book by Bell, especially good for plotters, but
also for pansters to help them be more of an outliner.
7. Scrivener:  Many writers swear by this software which
enables a writer to organize all his material for a project in one place. All
your research is right there and you even write your manuscript in the program
then convert it to Microsoft Word for submitting to publishers and agents.
8. Registration to a Writers Conference
– The American Christian Fiction Writers 
(ACFW) conference is the premiere conference for fiction writers because
its main focus is fiction, but there are other writers conferences that might
be better for you or the writer in your life. If you can’t swing the whole registration, why not a partial?
9. Membership to writing
organizations (highly recommend ACFW) – If you can’t afford gifting a whole
conference, why not pay for a year’s membership in an organization like ACFW?
Membership provides a host of different benefits to beginning writers as well
as multi-published authors.
10.  New laptop – Hey why not go big
and ask for a new laptop. I’m a Mac user and would love to get a Mac Air
someday. I’m always carting my laptop somewhere and my shoulder would
appreciate a lighter weight computer. There are a myriad of different styles of
laptops in either a Mac platform or a PC.
    And as a bonus suggestion go to Pinterest and check out all the fun writerly items you can get the writer on your Christmas list. 
The list
is not exhaustive. Please chime in and offer your suggestions for special gifts
for writers. Maybe share a special gift someone has given you!

Merry
Christmas everyone!

A native
of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, author Pamela S. Meyers lives in suburban Chicago
with her two rescue cats. She’s an hour’s drive away from her Wisconsin
hometown which she visits often to dig into its historical legacy. Her novels
include Thyme for Love, and Love Will Find a Way, contemporary
romantic mysteries and her 1933 historical romance, Love Finds You in Lake
Geneva, Wisconsin
. When she isn’t at her laptop writing her latest novel, she
can often be found nosing around Wisconsin and other Midwestern spots for new
story ideas.