Ten Great Gifts for Writers

by Pamela S. Meyers, @pamelameyers

It’s on week until December 25th, and if you have a favorite writer on your Christmas list or I’m here to help. I posted this list several years ago and this year I revised it a little.

I’ll start with a list of wonderful gifts for any writer of fiction.

  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. Subscription to Writers Digest Magazine–Issue after issue is full of great articles that can help the newbie author, as well as the seasoned veteran. Of course, the magazine covers more than just fiction writing.
  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, internal reactions and mental responses associated with anxiety. There are a lot of tips for writers interspersed throughout the book as well. The authors have also come out with several more companion books, the most recent one about emotional wounds.
  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.The book has been around a while, and it’s still a keeper.
  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.

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  1. 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. A great companion to the self-editing book at #5.Actually any book on writing by this author is helpful for writers.
  2. Scrivener: http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php  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. The developers are continually tweaking the software and making it better and better.
  3. 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 cover other disciplines. (2018’s ACFW conference is meeting in Nashville in September).
  4. Membership to a writing organizations – If you can’t afford gifting a whole conference, why not pay for a year’s membership in a writing organization. Membership in an organization such as ACFW, the one I’m most familiar with, provides a host of different benefits to beginning writers as well as multi-published authors.
  5. 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.

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!


Second Chance Love

Chicago lawyer Sydney Knight and Texas bull rider Jace McGowan have nothing in common but everything to lose when they are thrust together during a weekend rodeo in rural Illinois. Sydney is determined she’ll get Jace out of his contract and return to Chicago with her heart intact, but Jace is just as determined to help her see they are meant to be together. Can a city girl with roots deep in Chicago and a bull-riding rancher with roots deep in Texas give themselves a second-chance love?

Pamela S. Meyers lives in northern Illinois with her two rescue cats. Her novels include Thyme for Love, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Second Chance Love, and Surprised by Love in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (a reissue of Love Finds You in Lake Geneva). Her novellas include: What Lies Ahead, in The Bucket List Dare collection, and If These Walls Could Talk, in Coming Home: A Tiny House Collection. When she isn’t at her laptop writing her latest novel, she can often be found nosing around Midwestern spots for new story ideas.