Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Writer’s Holiday Gift List

Happy Holidays!! Ah, yes! The holidays are finally here! As the gift-giving season arrives in full swing there are some things a writer might be looking to add to her holiday wishlist. Here’s a few ideas: 

1.     Laptop – For a writer needing to write in different locations a portable computer is extremely useful. Does the writer have a day job? She can take the laptop with her to work and write during lunch breaks. Or perhaps she has children? With her DH home to watch the little darlings, she can take her laptop to a lovely café for some interruption-free writing time. Or at the very least hide in the bedroom closet where hopefully she won’t be disturbed. (I speak from experience here!)

2.      E-Reader – As more and more books are being published digitally, it’s a good idea to purchase an electronic reader so the writer on your list can read those marvelous e-books that are being published on a daily basis. Hint: the KindleFire is on my wishlist (hopefully Santa will be reading this!)

3. Digital Voice Recorder – A story idea can strike a writer at any moment! Let her be prepared to record that wonderful gem of an idea before it’s lost. Hmm…I wonder if they have water-proof voice recorders for those inspirational moments while I’m singing in the shower?? Something to look into…

4.      Books on Writing – A writer who wishes to learn more about her craft does in-depth research on writing. Some books to choose could be The Writer’s Market, OnWriting by Stephen King, How I Write by Janet Evanovich, The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler and How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead by Ariel Gore (one of my favorites!).

5.      Magazine Subscriptions – Writer’s tend to read many magazines on writing or the subject of their writing. Some subscription lists could include Writer’s DigestMagazine, RT Book Reviews, The Writer Magazine, and Poets and Writers.  

6.      Office Supplies – There are several items on a writer’s list for her office. Notebooks, Folders, pens, pencils, markers, file cabinets, desks, office chairs, bookshelves, etc.

7.      Writer’s Conferences – A valuable source of knowledge, inspiration, networking, and shear camaraderie comes from attending writer’s conferences. Every writer should have the opportunity to attend at least one for the education it provides.

8.      CaféPress items– This site has much to offer a writer who wants some items to make her simply smile. T-shirts, tote bags, mugs, magnets, posters, and other gifts with fun sayings for a writer.

9.      Music – Some writer’s use music for inspiration or soundtracks for the books they’re writing. Each writer has different tastes concerning their writing music, but those who know them well might be able to choose something unique and special for their writer friend to listen to as she crafts her next bestselling novel.

10.  Reviews – One of the best gifts a published writer might like to receive is a review of her book. Just remember to be kind. A good review is always welcome! :)

         I hope this list helps anyone looking for some last minute gift ideas for their writer friends. Writers, did I miss anything? If you are a writer please share! What's on your holiday wish list this year?
      About the author: Tricia Schneider is an author of paranormal and gothic romance. Before the supernatural took possession of her pen, she worked in a bookstore as Assistant Manager and bookseller. Now she writes full-time while raising her 3 children. She lives in the coal country of Pennsylvania with her WWII re-enactor husband. For more information about her books visit her website, Facebook, Twitter, or GoodReads


  1. Lovely post. I couldn't help but share this. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Happy Holiday!