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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Writer's Gift List

So this year is the first year that I will not be participating in NaNoWriMo in the traditional sense of the word. It was a really hard decision for me on whether or not I should. After all, I’ve done NaNo for about 10 years now. It’s a November tradition! Added onto the fact that I know it will be harder to do once I have a baby. It was rough.

Ultimately I decided not to because I have 10 (maybe 11) first drafts in various stages of completion from previous NaNoWriMos. While I love all of them, I really want to focus on getting something published (even typing that out makes me feel all weak inside. Like what if it really happens? What if it doesn’t? What am I going to say if I try and get nothing published for 10 years? Or, 20??). So while I’m not starting anything new this coming month, I will still be writing! The plan is to start revisions on one of my previous novels, Half Face Girl.

That being said, I really have no idea what goes into revisions. If any of you know of any good books on that or any resources, I’d love to hear about them.

Since I want to get back into writing on a regular basis, I thought it would be fun to make a Writer’s Gift List. Christmas is coming up, and while these are all things I would personally love (or already own!) they are great for any writers in your life, stationery lovers, bibliophiles, or anyone like that. Plus, they could be a nice surprise for anyone you know who is participating in NaNoWriMo.
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  1. QwerkyWriter Typewriter Inspired Keyboard 
    These are not cheap. Writers are poor.

    Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop Fountain Pen - Turquoise Dots - Medium Italic Nib - PILOT MPFB1BLKCTRQPi

  2. I found this off of another person’s blog and got it for my birthday. I loved it so much that I used all the ink that it came within few weeks. As they said, it’s kind of amazing, so if you buy one, plan on getting hooked.

    Sealing Wax Melting

  3. I love my wax seal spoon. Somehow it makes me send more snail mail, which is something the world needs more of anyway.

    Also, if you were making a million wax seals, this looks pretty awesome.

  4. I have 3 kinds of Wax. I have the beads, I have sticks, and I have sticks that you can light (no spoon required). Of the three, the beads are my favorite. Cutting off wax to melt is deceptively hard and sometimes the wicks on the sticks can be tricky to deal with. Plus, I love that on the beads I know just how much I need. One pearl is perfect for one seal!

  5. Definitely could fall down the rabbit hole of wax seals. I have 4 wax seals, but I still want more! You can never have too many. Especially since I don't have any with my last initial on them.
    That first link is to a general wax seal place, but Etsy is also a great place to go. I've gotten my seals from various places, including Barnes and Noble. This link is for Harry Potter wax seals because I think everyone needs that in their life.

  6. I have way too many pens and pencils, a cute place to put them is always a bonus.
    Here are 3 more options from the same place.

    1 Subject Spiral Notebook, College Ruled - Aqua

  7. Since I decided that handwriting is the way to go, an important consideration is what kind of notebook/paper to use. I’m personally a fan of 8.5" by 11" notebooks because it means I have more space to write before I have to do that weird writing at the bottom when you no longer have the support of the notebook (any of my fellow notebook lovers feel me?). Plus, Yoobi donates to classrooms whenever you buy one of their products, which makes me feel like I’m doing something good for the world.

    Pens- While I plan on maybe doing a post JUST about pens in the future, my number one favorite pen is Bic Cristal. They just write so smoothly! I used them last year for my NaNo and I don’t think I could have written as much as I did without them.
    Pencil GripsTrust me if you are thinking about handwriting your novel, these will save your life.
    Good luck to all my fellow writers out there! I hope that you have a very productive and ink filled November! I’d love to hear about your projects you’re working on :) And hey, you have my permission to treat yourself to anything on the list. Especially if you win ;)

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