Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Writer's Gift List

It's the gift-giving time of the year and I believe you should include yourself on the shopping list especially if you live with people who don't quite "get" the whole writing thing. Being good to yourself during this stressful season is important! Up there with frequently washing your hands, drinking plenty of fluids and giving yourself permission to actually enjoy the season.

So, here are some of my favorite sites for stuff (in no particular order) to indulge the writer in you:
1. http://www.waterman.com/ - What can I say? I'm a sucker for a well-crafted crafting instrument and these pens fit the bill. Art meets function. You can check out the website for the high-end models or visit your local Staples for a more affordable glide. On days when I am feeling particularly blocked, I whip out my green Phileas Waterman and start scribbling away. It works!
2. http://www.ninthmoon.com/ - A site devoted to the writer in you. I love visiting here. My favorites include the "Literary Slut" nightshirt (goes to bed with any book), the writer's Permission Slip (it's okay to pen the first draft strictly for yourself), and an amazing tool if you're a plotter like me: big block scene cards! Tracks aspects of your plot like POV characters, emotional charge, beats and action/reaction. Totally awesome for focus. These cards rock!
3. http://www.writeruniv.com/ - Thinking about brushing up your prose by taking an online course? Writer U. offers great courses with some of the best authors in the business, from Overcoming Self-Defeating Behaviors to master classes with Katie MacAlister, WriterU. has something for every writer.
4. http://www.basbleu.com/ - A great site for the reader and writer in you. Offering and eclectic selection of books as well as gifts, games and stationery, bas bleu (french for bluestocking) there's something for every writer on your list. Among my favorites are Thumb Things (for holding those paperbacks open without straining your fingers), Training People: How to Bring Out the Best in Your Human, and Common Errors in English Usage book and calendar.
5. http://www.shakespearesden.com/ - Fun for the poet and the playwrite. Don't miss the Mixed Up Romance Novel Magnetic Poetry Kit.
6. http://www.amazon.com/ - Need I say more? I thought not.
Happy holidays everyone! And blessings of health and happiness to all in the new year!


  1. Oh, I just have to get the Literary Slut nightshirt. That's too funny!

  2. Yeah, but I can't wear it at home around my kids. I can hear them now, "What's a slut, mommie?" Might have to save it for when I go to overnite writer's conferences. *G*

  3. Just saw the mention of WriterU, and loved it -- I agree, those are wonderful classes. Thanks for the recognition!