At first, I was unsure if I would add to the already growing number of blogs and websites who are offering up ideas for writers and book lovers, but today I have the desire to share some of my favorites or other bits and bobs I’ve found on the interweb. The first section is for writerly types and the second, for all who love books and bookish things.
For those who write…
- Ommwriter is nifty software that I found this week. I have a terrible time concentrating, but I’ve been so much more focused and productive since using this. According to their website, Ommwriter is “your own private writing room where you can close the door behind you to focus on your writing in peace.” It is simple and unfussy. Really, I can’t go on enough about how wonderful this product is. There is a free version as well as a full version ($1.99).
- Scrivener is perfect for long, complicated projects like novel writing. This software is designed for writers organizing novel or short story manuscripts, plays, screenplays, etc. Also, wonderful for people with research heavy projects. There are corkboard and research functions. I’ve written about Scrivener before, which offers plenty of info. It is available as a great 30-day free trial or for purchase with a price ranging from $35-$40.
- Tools for the Writer is a post I did in February, which features eight digital tools to help with productivity, organization, and creativity. All are free and range from digital Moleskine journals to a collaborative writing app to a flash fiction prompter (personally, I’m most curious about this last one).
- Solitude is tantamount to writing. Whether we like it or not, writing-for the most part-is a solitary act. A perfect writerly present would be to give this to a writer, whether that be leaving the house for a good chunk of time or if you have the funds, paying for a retreat (this could take the form of a residency or a simple secluded workspace for a week). How about this? But more importantly, scram! Your mere presence is harshing my creative flow!
For those who love books…
- I should really direct your attention to two blogs that I follow, both with lists for holiday gifts. Maedez at A Small Press Life has a whole section of posts dealing with Shopping for the Bookworm and Rory at Fourth Street Review has put up her list of gifts, which I will shamelessly list from†.
- †Literary Maps from The Literary Gift Company. Need I say more? Famous authors’ names make up these maps. You can choose from a few countries.
- Gift Cards to favorite bookshops is always a pleaser. If you’re not sure what that book lover in your life has on their to-read list, best to get a gift card/certificate to their local bookshop.
- Unemployed Philosophers Guild has all things philosophical, literary, and Monty Python. I, myself, have a Sisyphus watch from them that reminds me to contemplate the futility of my existence. For bookish things, they have Poe, Shakespeare, Alice in Wonderland, and even Freudian Slippers. Trust me. You will want many things here.
- Moby Dick Sailing Ship Necklace is available through the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. I really want this because of my love for all things seafaring and Moby Dick, which we all know is just a simple tale about a man who hates an animal. For more literary jewelry, Zola Books put together a list that includes a REDRUM necklace, if you are so inclined.