By Melissa Uhles
On our Pen and Parent Facebook Page we were discussing good gift ideas for writers. With the holidays around the corner don’t writer/parents deserve something nice for themselves?
If your extended family is anything like mine they like to get “wish lists” from everyone to take some of the guess work out of shopping. So now you’ll be able to present them with a wish list, which is really doing them a big favor, right?
Author, Elizabeth Eckert commented on our Facebook page and said, "For me personally...I have bought myself a "'little celebrations' notebook so I can keep track of all the awesome little things my kids do/say so I can surprise/reward/praise them. My kids have bought me a foot-stool so I won't cross my legs while writing, ear plugs to tune out the dogs and a blog topic inspiration book so I won't forget all my blog ideas."
Some of these items I’m lucky enough to already have and some are on my wishlist. Hint, hint husband.
Desk and chair because we all need a comfortable place to write.
Moleskin Notebook, to jot down notes the old fashioned way.
Grammarly subscription that helps me check my grammar errors.
The Write Stuff writing prompts because every writer needs some inspiration sometimes.
The Emotion Thesaurus because every novelist struggles with finding other words to say the same thing.
A Husband Pillow because sometimes being in bed with a laptop, you find you need a little head and neck support. And maybe your husband isn't wanting to wrap himself around you while you write:)
Mailer Lite for awesome email blasts
Noise cancelling headphones to help keep you focused on writing and not distracting sounds, like your kids asking you for a snack.
Blue Host for hosting your website so that you can monetize and make money with your writing.
A Starbucks Gift Card so you can work somewhere other than your house occasionally.
The Writer's Market 2019 so you know what publishers and agents to send your articles and novels to.
The Chicago Manual of Style so you can make sure your manuscript follows the rules and is ready to send out.
How to Make a Living as a Writer: Publish books, articles and blogs is a book I co-wrote it with Amber. We hope it will help you on your writing journey!
Melissa is an author, blogger, freelance writer and Co-Founder of Pen and Parent. She lives in Oregon and writes in a room of her own. Sometimes her husband and son pop in to check on her.