Perhaps you’re buying gifts for a writer this holiday season. Or, maybe you’re looking to treat yourself. Whatever the case, below is a list of items that will make the writer in your life smile. Some I know and love personally–others are ideas I’ve seen other writers recommend (and that might be showing up on my wishlist this year!)
Todoist Premium – Todoist is my favorite task manager, and I’ve written about my love for it quite a bit. Premium gives you the ability to make notes and set reminders on your tasks, among other cool things.
Grammarly Premium – Grammarly is like spell checker on steroids. It works natively in Google Chrome for free (hello typo-free social media and blog posts!), in MS Word for Premium members (welcome to better manuscript spell checking!), and in its own native app for Windows 10 (among other applications.) The premium version checks for more kinds of errors, offers vocabulary enhancement, and more.
Voice Dictation Software – lots of authors swear by it, and it’s something I’d like to give a try too. Many say it helps increase their daily word count output. Dragon is a popular option.
Spa treatments – staring at a computer screen for hours is tiring. Massages help. So do facials. And manicures. That goes for gals and guys.
MindMeister – This is a mind mapping tool that many writers would find useful for the early stages of idea mapping a story. It integrates with another tool called MeisterTask, and lets you turn your ideas into tasks. A personal MindMeister account costs $6/month. The next level up lets you collaborate with other team members, and costs $10/month. Here’s a link directly to the MindMeister pricing page.
Scrivener – I’ve written a little about scrivener, here. It’s basically a word processor made for writing and organizing long form projects. It’s revolutionized the way I stay organized and focused while writing.