Four Holiday Gift Ideas For The Writer In Your Life.
‘Tis the season to figure out what everyone wants for Christmas. Don’t worry; I am here to help.
Do you have a writer in your life? How about a child who shows signs of a creative imagination? Want to help them harness the power of the word? Here are a few gift ideas to help you on your way.
1. Writing Software:
You cannot go wrong with buying pens, paper and index cards for a writer. Writers also use Microsoft Word; you can buy them a year subscription to Office 365. Or, you can check out the following software.
Scrivener is one of the most popular writing software on the market. Novelists, screenwriters, students, journalists and many others use this software. Scrivener is available for Mac, Windows and iOS platforms. If you are unsure about the software, you can give it a test drive for 30 days of use. The standard license for the software is $45, and the educational license is $38.25. If you took part in NaNoWriMo back in November, and you won, you noticed you get to save 50% off Scrivener.
Celtx is popular with those in the screenwriting field. There is nothing to download, but they have apps for your mobile devices so you can work on the go. For individuals and teams’ category, they have a basic scriptwriting app that is free for up to three projects. They have three paying options starting at $179.88 per year to $479.88 per year. Celtx also has packages for enterprises and schools.
Another thing Celtx has is a social network called Exchange. You can meet and collaborate with each other. Find help with writing, directing, acting, producing and much more. I used Celtx for school and personal projects.
Final Draft is the go-to software for screenwriters. The software works on Mac, Windows and iPad/iPhone platforms. The cost of the software is $249.99, educational version is $129.99 and for the iPhone and iPad platforms it’s $9.99. You get two activations per purchase, this way you can install it on your laptop and desktop.
Final Draft offers articles with tips and tricks for screenwriting. The company holds a yearly contest called “Big Break.” There are 11 genres, each having one winner. All 11 winners share $80,000 in cash and prizes. Two of the grand prize winners are flown to Los Angeles to meet with managers, producers and other movie and television talents. The grand prize winners receive a NYFA Fellowship.
Maybe I should put Final Draft on my list for Santa Claus, how about you?
2. Editing Software
Writers love to write, but not edit. Editing can be daunting but is a necessity. Using word-processing software like Microsoft Word or Google Documents, you have a spell checker that can help the writer. Now, there are a few online editing software packages that dig deeper into the work to find more than misspelled words.
ProWritingAid is an online editing tool. There is no software you need to download. They have an extension you can use with your internet browser. The software helps aid in style issues by looking for repetitiveness, vague words, sentence lengths and hard to read paragraphs.
There is a trial period where you can test the online editor software. Afterwards, you can use it, but it is limited. There are four pricing options, $40.00 for a year, $60.00 for two years, $80.00 for three years, and $140.00 for a lifetime.
ProWritingAid has a “Premium Plus” package that has the editing software and 50 plagiarism checks per year. Prices start at $45.00 for one year to a lifetime price of $340.00. You can add plagiarism checks to the editing software, starting at 10 checks for five dollars to 1000 checks for $100.00.
Grammarly is an online tool. Excellent for work, personal and academic life. It searches for errors, article usage, spelling mistakes and more. There is no software to download. They have an extension you can use with your internet browser. There is an add-in for Microsoft Office and an app for Windows.
There is a free version of Grammarly, but it is limited. The premium version offers plagiarism checks, style checks, vocabulary enhancements and many other options. You have three pricing plans for the premium version. You can pay monthly for $29.95, quarterly for $19.98 or annually for $139.95.
I have both editing programs, along with the editing program that comes with Microsoft Word. I use all three programs to aid me in my writing. Remember, editing software packages are not perfect. They will mess up.
Books, what writer does not like getting books? From classic literature to how-to books. Our shelves are overflowing, and our electronic readers run out of space. Here are a few books worth getting for the writer in your life.
If you are looking for a cookbook for a writer, then here are a few that will get any storyteller away from the typewriter and into the kitchen. You’ve heard of the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones,” now eat what they eat in “A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook.” You get to learn about medieval foods and how to cook them in modern form. Now, when the show returns, you can have a feast while it is on HBO.
Is your writer a fan of Jane Austen? Here are two books that will transport you into her novels, where you can have a “Dinner with Mr. Darcy: Recipes Inspired by the Novels of Jane Austen,” or “Tea with Jane Austen: Recipes Inspired by Her Novels and Letters.”
Your writer can join the Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family with the help of the “The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Classic Stories.”
Does your writer procrastinate by being sidetracked by the Alliance and the Horde’s ongoing feud? Give them a cooking quest with this handy-dandy recipe book, “World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook” and the “Hearthstone: Innkeeper’s Tavern Cookbook.” They’ll level up their cooking skills in no time flat.
There are many how-to books for writing. Chances are your writer has many of these already. Find out what books they already have and see what books they want. Find out what genre they are writing in and get the how-to books based on the genre.
Can’t find the perfect book, how about a year subscription to Kindle Unlimited, they have three gift giving prices, six months for $59.94, 12 months for $119.88, and 24 months for $239.76.
4. If all else fails:
If all else fails, go for bookshelves. Writers need more bookshelves for their books. You can never go wrong with bookshelves, the more, the merrier.
You can buy your budding writer a domain name and website for a year. They can show off their work and keep their fans up to date on any upcoming stories or articles.
What writings gifts can you add to this list?