Do you know what to buy your writer friend for Christmas?
Or are you stuck for ideas?
I can help 🙂
I recently blogged about How to Romance a Romance Writer, and that included all kinds of handy hints about what NOT to buy. So now, let me give you some great suggestions for making your tame romance writer a very happy person.
To read, perchance to dream
When we’re not writing (or editing, promoting, or scouring Facebook / Pinterest / Instagram for inspiration), we like to read. Books are a safe bet. Whether it’s cookery books, glossy travel guides or the latest thriller, chances are we’ll be delighted.
Book vouchers / giftcards work just as well.
There are a gazillion How-To books on the market, giving advice on everything from polishing penguins to taming reindeer. Some people swear by them, but I’ve got a better suggestion. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression.
I use my copy more than any other reference book. It’s so EASY to use.
In Emergency, break out the wine
This looks cool and fun, while having a purpose: the Writer Emergency Pack. Idea cards, detail cards and help to get you moving again when you’re stuck.
Did I mention wine? * nods head *
Wine, great coffee, or even better, a little hamper of delicious snacks, ideal for late night keyboard pounding. These are handmade truffles from TroolyScrumshuss: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=trooly%20scrumshuss
A mini desk
I do most of my late-night-keyboard-pounding while I’m in bed. Maybe my muse is a night owl? Anyway, I have a fab wooden lap-desk that folds away when not in use. A built-in USB-driven fan gets bonus points.
Here’s a selection of alternatives: http://mashable.com/2010/11/16/best-lap-desks/#cHnz5pXs0kqs
If music be the food of love
The pen is mightier than the mouse
For all my electronic gizmos, there are times when only a pen & paper will do the trick. Maybe because the words are refusing to flow, or I’m sitting in blazing sunlight and my laptop screen is all but unreadable. Buy a lovely notebook and a couple of exotic pens, and your writer friend will love you forever.
Note my suggestion for ‘exotic’ pens. Bonus points for an ink colour other than boring black or blue.
I don’t mean Amazon / Apple / B&N giftcards where you choose the value and select an image for the front of the card. I mean Customised. From YOU. To the writer. How about handwritten vouchers, to be cashed in when the writer chooses? Options might include:
- a neck massage
- coffee / tea in bed every morning for a week
- cooking dinner
- going to the store for wine / chocolate / ice cream, as required
- keeping the kids occupied for an entire afternoon / day / evening, without needing your help
Have fun, and Merry Christmas 🙂