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Gifts For Writers:

 1 Dec, Mon, 19th Dec '11 6:26:19 PM from The Dance Floor
Stayin' Alive
I'm getting one gift for Christmas. Unfortunately, I can't think of anything that isn't A) ridiculously expensive, or B) extremely wasteful. So I figured "hey, I'm a writer — let's get something for my writing!"

...and I still can't think of anything.

So, I ask you — if you could get one thing writing related this Christmas, what would it be?
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 2 nrjxll, Mon, 19th Dec '11 6:28:08 PM Relationship Status: Not war
Published.

...I'm guessing this does not count.

 3 chihuahua 0, Mon, 19th Dec '11 6:28:47 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
Writer's Welcome Wagon
People had been raving about the writing craft book Save the Cat.

 4 Major Tom, Mon, 19th Dec '11 6:31:06 PM Relationship Status: Barbecuing
Eye'm the cutest!
Published.

I'd say either synthesizer software/tools so I could make the soundtracks to my books, a tablet with a basic "How to Draw" type book so I can illustrate, or simply a new tower PC with a copy of Word.

But those might be a tad expensive...
"Allah may guide their bullets, but Jesus helps those who aim down the sights."
 5 Leradny, Mon, 19th Dec '11 6:52:07 PM from Alameda, CA
Ask her what she wants. Writers don't always want writing things for Christmas.

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What Leradny said. Every christmas and birthday I get sketchbooks and pencils, from EVERYONE. It's not fun. Yes, I draw, I DO NOT NEED THIS MUCH SUPPLIES.
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oh no the snack table
Books.
It's beautiful and so full of deep imagery that it doesn't surprise me to find that it has gone WAY over your head
Rabid Fujoshi
[up]I would amend that to gift card for books. No one who has ever given me a book for any occasion has ever given me one I've actually liked or wanted. And I'm like, "Wow, thanks..." while giving a fake smile, which probably sucks because I suck at fake-smiling, all as I'm thinking, Just because I like to read, doesn't mean you can just give me any damn book that's supposedly 'popular' and I'll be happy. Also you have no taste!

Basically one Christmas my aunt got me The Sword of Shannara without really knowing much about it other than it was fantasy. I couldn't force myself to get past the first hundred pages and it was a really, really boring rip off of Tolkien. Someone almost got me Twilight a year or so ago before I put my foot down hard. I appreciate the thought, but don't waste you money, family. I don't want that crap.

edited 19th Dec '11 7:07:54 PM by NoirGrimoir

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oh no the snack table
Yes and no. There is a value to reading outside of your comfort zone. Even reading terrible fiction is useful to understand how and why it doesn't work. That said, it's not very fun.

edited 19th Dec '11 7:12:44 PM by AManInBlack

It's beautiful and so full of deep imagery that it doesn't surprise me to find that it has gone WAY over your head
 10 nrjxll, Mon, 19th Dec '11 7:12:40 PM Relationship Status: Not war
[up][up]Specify books, then. It's what I always do.

edited 19th Dec '11 7:13:04 PM by nrjxll

 11 Noir Grimoir, Mon, 19th Dec '11 7:31:31 PM from San Diego, CA
Rabid Fujoshi
[up][up]I think a gift someone is actually going to spend money on ought to be liked. Save reading bad stuff for research purposes for your library card.

[up]I don't always have a specific book I want. I go to Barnes&Nobles and browse until I find something. That's why I like gift cards.

edited 19th Dec '11 7:32:41 PM by NoirGrimoir

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oh no the snack table
I've always subscribed to the idea that there are gifts which are socks and gifts which are flowers. The former are useful goods, the latter are heartfelt tokens, and a gift can be either or both. Books can fall into either category.
It's beautiful and so full of deep imagery that it doesn't surprise me to find that it has gone WAY over your head
 13 Dec, Mon, 19th Dec '11 7:39:17 PM from The Dance Floor
Stayin' Alive
^^^ That has its problems too, unless you're careful and are really specific about the title and author. I once asked for any book in the Redwall series, only to get three books I already had. Kinda depressing, especially when I realized the one I thought was a new one just turned out to have a different cover.

I'd say either synthesizer software/tools so I could make the soundtracks to my books, a tablet with a basic "How to Draw" type book so I can illustrate, or simply a new tower PC with a copy of Word.
I thought about getting a new tablet, actually. Unfortunately, all the artist-quality ones start at about $200, which is definitely out of the price range.

Ask her what she wants. Writers don't always want writing things for Christmas.

Well, OK! :D

*walks into time machine, goes back two hours, and walks back into room*

Me: Hey, Dec, what do you want?

Dec: Huh?

Me: For Christmas. What do you want for Christmas?

Dec: Wait, we're actually getting presents this year?

Me: Yep.

Dec: …And you want to know what I want, like, a week before?

Me: Yep!

Dec: …I dunno, ask me later.

And then I made this thread, all temporal-paradox like.
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 14 Noir Grimoir, Mon, 19th Dec '11 8:14:51 PM from San Diego, CA
Rabid Fujoshi
You can get big, coffee-table inspiration books, as well. Like fantasy art books with cool pictures. Those kind you don't have to worry about them liking to read. My grandma once got me a big one on wizards with lots of pictures and stuff. It's pretty cool.

edited 19th Dec '11 8:15:03 PM by NoirGrimoir

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 15 Exelixi, Tue, 20th Dec '11 4:30:38 AM from Alchemist's workshop Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
Lesbarian
A typewriter.

Seriously, it sounds nuts, I know, but there's something about sitting in front of a typewriter that's just awesome.
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 16 Major Tom, Tue, 20th Dec '11 4:39:41 AM Relationship Status: Barbecuing
Eye'm the cutest!
I've used typewriters before (in the 90s before computers became fully ubiquitous around the world), the novelty of the clacking quickly wears off.
"Allah may guide their bullets, but Jesus helps those who aim down the sights."
They think me mad
If you don't want to just give a gift certificate, and want to give an actual book, but don't know what specific one to get, you can always get them a "classic" work that you don't think they've read yet, or even one of a genre you know they have interest in. ie: I am Legend, Dracula, Frankenstein for horror; A Handmaid's Tale or one of Jules Verne's novels for science fiction; Don Quixote regardless of genre because it's awesome, etc.

They may seem a little, uh, "generic", for lack of a better word, as far as gift choices go, but I know a lot of people interested in writing that haven't gotten around to reading books that are the inspirations or staples of their favored genres.
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 18 drunkscriblerian, Sat, 24th Dec '11 9:59:02 AM from Castle Geekhaven Relationship Status: In season
Street Writing Man
My sister got me an unabridged dictionary and an unabridged thesaurus one year. I use them both a good deal. Probably pretty expensive but totally worth it.
If I were to write some of the strange things that come under my eyes they would not be believed.

~Cora M. Strayer~
 19 Eldritch Blue Rose, Sat, 24th Dec '11 10:13:47 AM from A Really Red Room
The Puzzler
I got my brother a _________ ________ . I can't really say what it is here because my brother is a troper too.* If you really want to know what it is then just pm me.

Hint: It is big and heavy.
So now I know that my lack of success in college is due to ADD — or sleep apnea. I need to do a sleep study some time.
I would amend that to gift card for books. No one who has ever given me a book for any occasion has ever given me one I've actually liked or wanted. And I'm like, "Wow, thanks..." while giving a fake smile, which probably sucks because I suck at fake-smiling, all as I'm thinking, Just because I like to read, doesn't mean you can just give me any damn book that's supposedly 'popular' and I'll be happy. Also you have no taste!
But a book is a book is a book!

Though I do agree with you about gift cards. I like wandering around in a bookstore, getting hopelessly lost.

And a typewriter does sound amazing.

 21 drunkscriblerian, Sat, 24th Dec '11 12:20:51 PM from Castle Geekhaven Relationship Status: In season
Street Writing Man
Typewriters aren't that great...you spend more time fiddling with it than writing, correcting mistakes is a bitch and like someone else said the clickety-clack loses its novelty after a page or so. There's a very good reason that people eagerly switched to word processors when they became affordable.
If I were to write some of the strange things that come under my eyes they would not be believed.

~Cora M. Strayer~
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