To follow on my gifts for… theme, here are some gifts for the writers you know.
1) Self-editing for writers by Renni Browne and Dave King. Collins 2nd edition 2004. Great information, exercises and examples for the writer who must edit her own work(and who doesn’t?)
2)Scene and Structure by Jack M. Bickham. Writers Digest Books 1993 Understand how scenes and sequels interrelate to give structure to your fiction.
3)Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass. Writers Digest Books 2001 Donald Maass is and agent and author who gives invaluable advice.
4) The entire Write Great Fiction series from Writers Digest Books.
5) A selection of Hype! highliters from Staples for marking up your own work and these books.
6)Scrivener, a writing, organizing programme from Literature and Latte. Easy to use once you get onto it, and a terrific way to organize thoughts, research, drafts, scenes, characters, locations…and so on.
7) An over-sized Sustainable Earth notebook from Staples
8) Pens, lots of them. I use OptiFlow.
9) An eReader, any one, (but I use a KOBO) for taking books with you on vacation, or even storing your own work as pdf files.
!0) Stephen King’s book, On Writing. Pocket Books 2002. Available for that eReader. A biography of the writer as well as his thoughts and guidance on the craft.
11) Last but not least Turning Leaves Writer’s Retreat from Writescape http://writescape.ca/writescape/retreats/next-retreat/