Monday, December 9, 2013

11 more Christmas Gift Ideas for Writers

Christmas Gift Ideas for Writers

#12 -23

See #1-11 at 

12.  Craft book. Writers love to have books at hand that give them ideas for different ways to show instead of tell.  
I have the Nook version but would love the print version for ease of flipping through.

13.  Cozy socks

Writers who feel cozy are inspired to write - or sleep - but hopefully write.

14.  Noise cancelling headphones
There are times when writers need to completely tune their families out. Their options, nag the family to not talk, go get a hotel room, or put on some earphones that shut out the rest of the world.

15.  Very seldom does a writer finish that fresh cup of coffee before it grows cold.  Our muse takes us away from the warm brew for hours at a time.  The fix - a mug warmer. 
16.  A splurge gift - A month of meals. Give the writer in your life a month of prepared meals.  You can prepare them, freeze them and bring them to her/him, or you can buy a membership to a meal program like social suppers.

17. Another splurge gift - A fancy smancy coffee brewer that makes one cup at a time. Babies have blankies and binkies that soothe them, writers have a warm mug of jave or cocoa or tea that soothe them. Give them the ability to whip up their soother with ease. 
18.  Writer's software.
Scrivner is a writer's tool that organizes the writing process and inspires creative play in a story line. 

19.  An on-line class.
Give the writer in your life a gift card and a note that says sign up for that writer's craft class you've been dying to take. 

20.  A book on tape.  
As Cara mentions on her blog, writer's need to get up and move around. Give them a book on tape, and they can listen to the book while they take a walk.  

21.  A wrist saver.  
  Typing is hard on the wrist of writers - help them maintain healthy wrists with a wrist saver.

22.  Wall art.
Glance through the walls on a writer's Pinterest page. They will have a page on writing.  Choose something from their writer's page and have it turned into a framed picture for their office. They'll love the thought you put into the gift.

If you enjoyed these ideas, please remember to visit Cara Bristol's page for gift ideas number 1-11. BUT first, if you're a writer, what is the best writer-related gift you ever received? If you're not a writer, did you see an idea here you're thinking about buying for a writer friend? 

Monday, December 2, 2013

PitchWars 2013 - Mentee Bio

Mentee Bio for PitchWars 2013

Lisa Wells

I like to think I'm the mentee who caught the snowball in her glove.
Probably...I'm the one with the snowball in the face.

It’s PITCH WARS 2013, and I am sending around a query and five sample pages to four would-be mentors in hope of enticing one of them to choose me as their creative-writing sculpting project.                                    Sculpt-me baby.

Here are 3 outrageously great reasons why you should choose me.

1.  I spend my days working with middle school students. I can handle anything you  throw my way and still jump with joy at the end of the day.

2.  My knowledge of the writing craft is planted in fertile ground and ready to bloom under your administrations. Maybe not straight up, but bloom it will. 
 3.  I have the best collection of crazy sunglasses, and I'm willing to share them with my mentor.
If you like my pitch - I'd love to hear from you. Imagine the geeky kid in the back of the classroom with their hand in the air, waving it frantically, on the verge of falling out of their chair...that's me.