Best Software for Writing a Book or Novel

The Best Software for Writing a Book or Novel

The Best Software for Writing a Book or Novel

So you’re ready to write a novel. Maybe you’ve done it before, or it’s your first time, or you’re preparing for Nanowrimo. There are so many ways to approach it: pen to paper, sit down in front of the typewriter, or just open Microsoft Word on your computer. But it is really that simple?

When dealing with a novel-length work or even a book series, there are characters to keep track of, plus settings, timelines–it can be a lot of information. And the writing itself isn’t necessarily easy to do in a traditional word processor, especially if you have an unconventional writing process or are dealing with five to six digit word counts. Also, there’s the pre-planning: outlining, notecards, brainstorming.

Before computers, the entire process involved a lot of notebooks, papers, typewriters, and pens. Now thanks to the plethora of software currently available, the novel writing process is a lot easier–especially to keep everything organized. Here’s what we consider the best software for writing a book, from coming up with the idea to the final manuscript.

Software for Writing a Book or Novel

Our best book writing software recomendations:

Scapple – Brainstorming Software

Scapple Brainstorming Software for Writers
Every story, novel, or book starts with an idea. From that tiny seed, the writer grows an entire story with characters, plot, setting, and realistic dialogue. But it’s a long road that can take months or years. When you first start fleshing out your idea, you need a lot of freedom to brainstorm and explore your ideas. That’s where Scapple comes in.

This software from the makers of Scrivener is more than just mind-mapping software. Literature & Latte describes it as a freeform text editor where you can make notes anywhere. Imagine brainstorming in a notebook or on a piece of paper. You can write anywhere, any size, draw borders, connect ideas, and let your thoughts flow onto the page. Scapple works just like that, but since you’re working on the computer, the size of your page is unlimited. Your “page” can grow as you flesh out your ideas and add more notes.

Scapple is very easy to use. You simply have to double-click to add a new note, and then drag and drop them to rearrange or make connections (visualized by lines). If you want to take advantage of the more advanced features you can change the fonts, colors, and borders of your notes. It’s also fully compatible with Scrivener, so once you’re ready to start writing you can have your notes and story in one program. Literature & Latte offers a 14-day free trial so you can see if Scapple works with your creative process.

Versions: Mac, Windows

Aeon Timeline – Visual Timeline Software

Aeon Timeline Software for Writers
Aeon Timeline is the software I didn’t know I needed until I saw it. I’ve always done my timelines by hand using notebook paper (sometimes multiple pages taped together). What that means is if anything ever changes with the timeline or I screw up, I have to redo the whole thing! And then there’s a lot of math involved to figure out the ages of characters and how much time has passed and it just gets so messy. Aeon Timeline solves all of this is a clean and easy to use software.

This software was designed specifically for writers to help with planning your novel or just keeping track of which character was where, when. It not only allows you to enter when events happen, but you can also track backstory, and assign certain characters to events. Categorize events by story arcs to help organize different parts of your novel. My absolute favorite feature is that if you put in a birthdate or year for your character, it automatically calculates the character’s age for each event (no more math!).

Other awesome features include creating custom calendars for fantasy or scifi stories, bookmarking key moments, zooming in and out of your timeline, and filtering events. If you create timelines for your stories, this is hands down the best software to use.

Aeon Timeline is also compatible with Scrivener, so you can sync your timeline with your novel file, meaning you can plan your timeline and your outline simultaneously using both (which is absolutely amazing!).

Versions: Mac, Windows


Scrivener Novel Writing Software for Writers
If you ask me, Scrivener is the best software for writing a book. Sure, when it comes time to actually write your novel, you can use just a plain old word processor. Or you can use Scrivener, which is a powerhouse software that covers the entire writing process: research, outlining, character sketches, writing, editing, and even exporting to ebook for self-publishing. Scrivener does almost everything you could want.

It’s hard to boil down into a couple hundred words all of the amazing things that Scrivener does (the Literature & Latte site can give you a full breakdown), but I’m going to hit some of the major features.

The corkboard takes the traditional index card approach to planning a story and digitizes it, making it so the index cards themselves become the sections of your books which can be broken down into chapters or scenes. Rearranging them also rearranges the order of the scenes in your book in one simple step. If you’re a more traditional outliner, Scrivener has a tool for that as well that uses the same drag and drop method. To write and edit your scenes, you can view each section separately or use Scrivenings mode to view the whole document at once. Use the built-in targets and statistics to set daily goals for yourself and see how you’re doing as a whole.

Scrivener also has special features and templates for writing non-fiction and screenplays as well. This is the software every writer should own.

Versions: Mac, Windows, iOS

Buy Mac & Windows version from Literature and Latte
Buy Mac Version from Mac App Store
Buy iOS version from Apple

Dragon Naturally Speaking Dictation Software

This software is unique on our list because it’s not specifically for writing a book and not all writers will benefit from it. However, Dragon is such an amazing software that I have to mention it for the writers who will absolutely love it. Dragon is a dictation software that is perfect for any writer who likes to think out loud or verbally tell their stories. It’s also great for writers who think faster than they can type or write.

Dragon is compatible with your favorite word processor. You just put your cursor in the document and start talking. Telling your story to your computer can help you be more creative and break through any writer’s block.

I highly recommend buying the Premium version, which has a feature that transcribes audio files. This means you can record audio files using a digital voice recorder or your smartphone and have the software record it later. That means you can “write” your novel at any time, including while commuting to work, walking outside, or doing chores around the house.

Using Dragon can help you be more productive and get more done. It’s also great for people who suffer from carpal tunnel or like to write thousands of words a day and give their hands a rest.

Versions: Windows, MAC


Prowritingaid Editing Software for Writers
Finally we are at the end of our writing journey and this last recommended software is for the editing and proofreading part of your novel writing process. While the spell checker in your word processor will catch glaring typos, it will miss other issues with your writing. ProWritingAid catches errors and also helps improve your writing.

In addition to spell checking, it will find commonly confused words, correct grammar and punctuation issues, and make sure your capitalization and hyphenation is consistent throughout your document. The really awesome features are the ones that improve your writing. ProWritingAid will highlight passive verbs, overuse of adverbs, repetitive sentence structure, overused words, repeated words and phrases, vague and abstract words, and also cliches and redundancies.

ProWritingAid is great for any writer but is an absolutely essential tool for self-published writers, bloggers, and anyone who writes content for the web.

They have a free version or you can get the premium version with includes interactive editing and the ability to use it with Scrivener and Microsoft Word, which is a huge timesaver.

Versions: Web, compatible with Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Scrivener, and Chrome

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Essential Software for Writing Your Novel or Book

That’s our recommendations for the best software for writing a book. Of course, there’s a whole lot more that goes into the process than just finding software to use. You’ll need inspiration to keep you going, especially through difficult drafts. You’ll also need to build a writing habit and routine to make sure you put in the time each day to write your novel. That’s the hard part but with this software, you’ll have the tools you need to make it happen.

Planning on participating in NANOWRIMO this year? Check out these NANO resources and essentials.

If you’re not ready to go fully digital with your writing process yet, check out these killer journals and these crazy and fun pens to add a little extra creativity to your process.

2 Tier Writing Desks for Small Spaces

Best Writing Desks for Small Spaces and Bedrooms

Best Writing Desks for Small Spaces and Bedrooms

Many writers don’t have the budget or room to have a dedicated writing office. While there are many hacks (like going to a library or coffee shop to work or writing at the kitchen table), it’s just better to have a dedicated writing space. A writing desk helps you establish good writing habits and get into the writing frame of mind as soon as you sit down. Luckily there are plenty of writing desks for small spaces.

Whether you’re looking for a small desk for yourself or want to buy one as a gift for the writer or aspiring author in your life, there are a lot of options available. We’ve rounded up some of the best choices for small spaces. Check them out below.

Writing Desks for Small Spaces

Winsome Wood Small Writing Desk with Drawers

This classic desk from Winsome Wood is a modular-style desk with drawers and a cubby hole for convenient storage. Made from solid beechwood, it has a gorgeous honey finish that lends to its casual style. The workspace is large enough to write by hand in a notebook or use a typewriter or laptop computer with ease. Assembly is required.

If you have a little extra space, get the matching 4-tier bookshelf to keep all your writing and reference books close at hand.

Dimensions: 30″ wide, 20″ deep, 34.8″ high

Convenience Concepts Small Mission Desk

This desk from Convenience Concepts is absolutely perfect for small spaces or bedrooms. Its classic mission design and oak finish fit well with many decorating schemes. The desk features a pull-out keyboard tray for ergonomic typing. When you’re done working for the day, close it up and this desk looks like a side table.

The compact size and design of this desk make it fit well in a living room or a bedroom. Even though it is a smaller desk, it has plenty of room to work on a laptop or tablet. Easy assembly required (comes with the tools).

Dimensions: 18″ x 26″ x 30″

2 Tier Writing Desk

Tangkula makes a great compact writing desk, this one made from reclaimed wood or with a mocha finish, and with a sturdy metal frame. It has a modern, industrial look that goes great in a dorm room or bedroom. This desk makes good use of limited space, offering a large work surface for a laptop or notebook and then a second-tier shelf for storage or displaying knick-knacks or pictures.

Available Colors: brown, natural/white

Dimensions: 31.5″ wide x 19.7″ deep x 35.4″ high

Floating Desk with Storage

If you don’t have enough space for a desk, what about hanging one on the wall? That’s the idea behind this floating desk. You can mount the desk at any height (meaning you can also use it as a standing desk) using the Prepac metal hanging rail system. This desk not only saves space but supplies additional storage with built-in shelves to hold books or mementos.

Since it takes up virtually no floor space, you can mount this desk in any room of your house: kitchen, living room, bedroom, or den. It comes in three colors, so you can easily find one to match your room. Manufactured in Canada with a 5 year manufacturer’s warranty.

Available colors: black, espresso, white

Dimensions: 19.8 x 42.2 x 39.5 inches

Corner Computer Desk with Drawer

This corner desk helps you maximize your space while giving you enough room to work comfortably. Whether you’re using a laptop or a desktop computer, you’ll have plenty of room. For storage, this desk features a drawer and also a lower shelf to keep all of your office supplies nearby. Tuck away in any corner of your home to write your next novel or story.

Available in 4 different wood finishes to match any decor. Some assembly is required.

Available colors: white, black, cherry, natural

Dimensions: height 30″, front of desk 27.5″, desk sides 10″

After looking at these writing desks for small spaces, are you still looking for the perfect desk? Consider some of these compact corner desks with hutch. If space isn’t an issue, take a look at these white writing desks with drawers.

Need to save even more space in your bedroom? Check out these bookcase murphy beds.

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10 Unforgettable Books for High School Graduates

10 Unforgettable Books for High School Graduates

Books make some of the best graduation gifts. They allow you to get something thoughtful or funny, that can also impart wisdom, confidence, or advice for a child or friend as they embark on the next great journey of their life. And with a book gift, you can add a thoughtful inscription to turn it into a keepsake.

If you’re looking for gift ideas for a graduate, here are a few books to consider to make a meaningful gift for their graduation day. The books on this list are mostly geared toward high school graduates, but some of them would also be good for college graduates (check out essential books for college graduates for more recommendations).

Best Books for High School Graduates

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

This is the perennial classic graduation book gift. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! is an inspirational send off for anyone starting a new phase of their life and makes a wonderful gift for a graduate. It’s also a great option for younger graduates leaving kindergarten, elementary school, or middle school.

The unforgettable rhyming lines are full of inspiration like:

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.

But the book isn’t just about the good side, it also covers possible stumbles and failures ahead, all in Dr. Seuss’s humorous style. This is a special gift that marks graduation in a classic and meaningful way.

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 535 Easy(ish) Steps

Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown is a book that works well for high school and college graduates. This updated version of the New York Times bestseller is a humorous look at that transition to adulthood that many people struggle with after high school. Brown’s approachable and fun prose actually gives important life lessons like what to check when renting a new apartment, how to find a non-shady mechanic, how to fix your toilet, and more.

This book is a great gift that combines fun and humor with important life lessons. Make a great gift for a parent or grandparent to a child who is just graduating and preparing to move out on their own.

You Are Doing a Freaking Great Job: And Other Reminders of Your Awesomeness

If you’re looking for a fun an inspiring gift, but you want something more unique or more adult than Oh, the Places You’ll Go, check out You Are Doing a Freaking Great Job. This book is about celebrating a big accomplishment and combines the work of over 20 artists and designers.

With 200 uplifting stories, quotes, and words of advice in the fun and quirky style of social media art, it’s the perfect gift to inspire a new graduate. The cover alone is a better congratulations message than most greeting cards.

Roadmap: The Get-It-Together Guide for Figuring Out What to Do with Your Life

This is one of the most practical books for high school graduates. Some students graduate high school with their life plan firmly plotted. Others aren’t quite sure what to do next. Roadmap is for those graduates still trying to figure out what they want to be when they grow-up. This New York Times Bestseller flips traditional career guides on their head and uses interests to help guide career decisions.

Utilizing interviews and advice from 130 people across the country, they show different paths to success and give real-world wisdom. The book is engaging with a unique style and full-color charts. Readers can take it to the next level, and use a free access code that comes with the book to watch videos of the interviews online. This is an immersive experience that will help guide a new graduate on a career path that they will truly love.

Happiness Is … 500 Ways to Be in the Moment

Happiness Is isn’t targeted to graduates–it’s a fun and inspiring book about mindfulness that makes a great gift for anyone. But we recommend it for graduates as well. After graduation there are big changes ahead, whethers it’s starting full-time work for the first time, moving away from home, starting college, or all of the above. This book reminds you to slow down and be in the moment.

This book is a great gift for high school graduates as it will remind them to look around and appreciate each moment of their life, not just the big milestones. The book’s charming and friendly tone, coupled with cute illustrations make it a fun gift and a great introduction to mindfulness.

1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know

If your high school graduate is college bound, there are a ton of new experiences ahead for them in the next few months. That first transition from living at home to moving across the state (or the country) and being on your own for the first time can be a shock for many students. This book helps to ease that transition a little by providing 1001 Things Every College Student Needs to know. Author Harry H. Harrison Jr. uses humor to provide the basics any high school graduate or new college student will need to be successful in college. If your teen hates to read, they’ll actually find this book to be fun and approachable. The advice is concise and presented in a witty way they will enjoy.

If you’re a parent buying this for your own graduating child, this book also works really well as a tool to start conversations and help you give them advice. This book covers topics from dealing with roommates to picking classes and majors as well as doing homework, reading, and studying. This book makes a great gift and a great overview to prepare any college student.

The Everything College Cookbook

Many books for high school graduates focus on celebrating the accomplishment of graduating. If you want to think a little bit outside the box or provide a useful gift at the Graduation Party that isn’t just a gift card, check out this book. The Everything College Cookbook is designed for young people who are living on their own for the first time and don’t have the convenience of a meal plan. For most high school graduates, their cooking experience is nuking a Hot Pocket in the microwave or reheating leftovers from something Mom or Dad cooked. They won’t have that luxury at college and you want to make sure your graduate doesn’t just default to fast food or ramen noodles.

This cookbook contains 300 recipes target specifically at college students. That means they’re easy, quick to make, and affordable. They also don’t require any fancy equipment as many can be made with a hot plate or a microwave. If your student is moving into an apartment with a regular kitchen, there’s plenty of recipes to help them utilize an oven as well. This book is great for teaching basic cooking skills and hopefully inspiring your students to get some variety in their diet.

Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School?

High school classes cover history, math, and science, but budgeting and personal money management classes are often missing from the schedule. If you’re looking for practical books for high school graduates, Why Didn’t They Teach me This in School? helps bridge the knowledge gap for personal money management.

Written by business executive Cary Siegel originally to give advice to his children as they entered adulthood, this book has quickly become a favorite of parents looking to give their kids a little financial knowledge as they enter adulthood. Written to be easily read with memorable anecdotes both teens and young adults will enjoy this crash course in personal finances. This makes a great gift for high school and college graduates alike.

Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone: Advice Your Mom Would Give if She Thought You Were Listening

If you’re worried these practical books for high school graduates aren’t fun enough to give as a gift, here’s one that combines that practical knowledge with some fun in a humorous book gift. Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone presents the advice mothers want to give their nearly adult children, but knows they will roll their eyes and never listen to it. Writer and artist Becky Blades decided to write this as a common sense guide for teens to help assuage her own fears of her oldest daughter moving out on her own. The advice is well rounded from the practical (separate your laundry by colors) to the sentimental (keep one stuffed animal) to the hilarious (a bad attitude makes your butt look big). The pages of advice are punctuated with gorgeous art by Blades that makes this a beautiful gift.

This book is a perfectly sized book gift, just begging for a thoughtful inscription from a mother preparing to let their child venture out into the world on their own. This book is also a fantastic conversation starter for parents who want to sit down with their kids before they leave home and shares some of their advice, experience, and even regrets from their college years.

Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of)

This book is a little bit different from the other ones on this list. In fact, in may be the most “millennial” of all the books because Almost Adulting is written by vlogger Arden Rose. This is the kind of gift an older sibling or cool aunt or uncle would buy for a high school graduate, filled with the kind of advice that most parents aren’t stressing about. The advice in this book covers modern topics like online dating, sex, and mental health. It also hit some of the basics like having to buy your own groceries and decorating your first apartment.

This gift works well for high school graduates and also college grads transitioning into their own adult life. Since it’s written by a millennial for burgeoning adults, it makes a very enjoyable read and feels less preachy or stuffy than some of the other practical advice books on this list. That means the graduate might actually read it!

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10 Unforgettable Books for High School Graduates

Once you pick out the perfect book to give, don’t forget to add a memorable and meaningful book inscription to turn it into a precious keepsake for the graduate.

If you’re buying a gift for a graduate who loves to read, get them a unique bookmark to go with their graduation gift.

White Writing Desk with Drawers

Best White Writing Desks with Drawers & Storage

White Writing Desk with Drawers & Storage

To create a consistent and lasting writing routine, a writer needs a dedicated space where they can go to write. If you’re looking for a desk to use for your personal writing space, there are a lot of options available. Many people are looking for a white writing desk with drawers. These desks are great because their bright, neutral color means they go with almost any decor. Built in drawers are a great feature because the extra storage gives you a place to stash extra pens, office supplies, or manuscripts you need a break from.

Since desks are furniture, they’re usually a little expensive. They make a thoughtful gift for a writer who needs a dedicated space or an upgrade to an existing desk but doesn’t have the budget to splurge for something new.

We looked at a lot of white writing desks with drawers and picked out the best ones for writing your next great novel.

White Writing Desk with Drawers

Contemporary Style Writing Desk with Chrome Legs

This contemporary style desk is perfect for small spaces and homes with modern decor. It features two drawers for stashing supplies and manuscripts and a pull-out keyboard tray for ergonomic writing. The glossy white finish is modern and classy. Pair the desk with this matching white and chrome chair for a simple but stylish writing office.

Simple assembly required.

Available Colors: white, black

Dimensions: 45.25 x 21.75 x 30.5

Sauder Harbor View Computer Writing Desk

If you’re looking for more of a classic look, try this Sauder computer desk. This classic antique-style desk has a white finish. It features two drawers, including one that holds letter-size hanging folders. An ergonomic keyboard shelf is stylishly hidden behind a flip-down panel for an uncluttered look.

This classic desk is a great choice for any writer’s office. It’s also compact enough for a bedroom or the corner of a family room.

Dimensions: 43.5 x 19.4 x 29

White Computer Desk with Shelf and Drawers

This minimalist white desk has less storage but takes up less space. Made from solid engineered wood, it’s finished with tough melamine to ensure this desk will last through many novels worth of writing. The desk has three drawers and a built-in shelf to help you keep your reference books within reach.

This desk would go well in an office or even a bedroom. It has enough desk space for a computer, laptop, or even writing by hand in a notebook.

Dimensions: 20.5″L x 47.25″W x 30″H

Monarch Specialties White Corner Desk with Drawers

If you need even more space and storage, this corner desk from Monarch Specialties is a great investment. This desk is very versatile as it can be either a left or right-facing corner desk, so it will fit perfectly no matter how your office is laid out. The contemporary design is clean and elegant.

The spacious work surface gives you enough space for a computer or laptop, plus a typewriter, papers, notebooks, and anything else you use as a part of your writing process. For storage, you have two smaller drawers and a filing cabinet drawer. The desk also features several shelves, perfect for storing books, a printer, and your future writing awards. This is a great white writing desk with drawers to consider if you have enough space in a dedicated office.

Available Colors: white, cappuccino, dark taupe, natural

Dimensions: 60″ L x 47.25″ W x 29.5″ H

Still on the hunt for the perfect writing desk? Check out these writing desks for small spaces or compact corner desks with hutch.

Book Inscription Ideas

What to Write in a Book for a Gift – Book Inscription Ideas

What to Write in a Book for a Gift - Book Inscription Ideas

Books make wonderful gifts, not only for avid readers and writers but also other people in your life. The right book for the right occasion can create a lasting and memorable gift that will be cherished for years to come. Events like graduation, milestone birthdays, or the “birth of a baby are a great time to give a book as a gift. To make the gift even more personal, you should consider adding an inscription to the book.

Inscribing a book for a gift adds a special touch that creates an emotional connection to a book and turns it into a keepsake rather than just another book on the shelf. But often people wonder what to write in a book? What can you inscribe in a book to make the gift meaningful and treasured? We’ll take you through all the steps including how to inscribe a book and where to write your message in the book, along with some book inscription ideas.

Why write an inscription in a book gift?

What to Inscribe in a Book?A personalized inscription in a book takes what could be a generic and easily forgotten gift and turns it into a meaningful keepsake. That book then has a memory attached to it that the receiver will recall every time they look at the book and reread the inscription. Think of it as a way to turn any book into a time capsule of a special moment or event in their life. That’s why giving a book with a handwritten inscription inside is a perfect gift for milestone events like graduation or marriage.

Book inscriptions are also a way to connect personally with the book receiver. You can use it to share why you gave them the book, especially if it’s a book you love or have a personal attachment to.

While you can write a note or inscription in any book, there may be certain types of books and gifts you shouldn’t inscribe. These may include:

  • College textbooks or reference books
  • Gifts for readers who like to keep their books in mint condition
  • Rare or valuable collectors books that are worth a lot of money
  • Books the receiver may want to return or exchange (eg. you’re not sure if they already own it)
  • Blank journals

Ultimately the decision is up to you. Adding a book inscription can really make a gift extra special.

How to Write a Book Inscription

Deciding what to write in a book for a gift

You’ve decided to add a personal note to your book gift but now you wonder how to inscribe a book?

What do you want your inscription to be about?

The first step is to decide what you want to say with your inscription. You should start by thinking about what kind of message you’d like to convey. Do you want it to be thoughtful? Funny? Do you want to make it a memory about a specific event? Do you want to impart some wisdom or advice?

Do a little brainstorming, you can even come up with a few different ideas.

Practice crafting your message

Inscribing a Book for a GiftGet a scrap piece of paper and grab a pen. Try writing down a few different messages until you get the exact wording that you want. Make sure it conveys the memories, ideas, and feelings you brainstormed in the first step.

To really create a special gift, make sure the note is meaningful and personal. If it’s appropriate, try including inside jokes or using a nickname.

If you’re giving the book for a special event like a milestone birthday or a graduation, include advice for them as they embark on their next stage of life. Make sure to wish them luck.

If the book you’re gifting is one you’ve read before, make sure to include in the note why it’s so special to you or why you’re recommending it.

Make sure to craft your message to the book. If it’s a book about penguins, mention how the person or child is like your “little penguin.”

Feel free to use a dictionary to check your spelling.

Deciding Where to Inscribe a Book

Generally, you want to inscribe the book somewhere near the front. Depending on how the book is laid out may determine the best place to write. Look for a page where there is very little writing or a black page.

You can write your note on:

  • the inside front cover
  • the blank page before the title page
  • the title page

If you’d like to write an inscription in a book, but you don’t want to write on the book itself there is a “cheat.” Find a nice piece of stationary the same size or smaller than the book and write your note on it. Tuck it inside the front cover of the book when you’re done writing it.

Writing the inscription

Book Inscription IdeasOnce you’ve decided what to inscribe in a book gift and where to write it, it’s time to put pen to paper!

Find a nice pen that writes in a crisp ink of any color. Don’t use a marker that may bleed through the pages or a pencil that could smear or fade over time. Test the pen on your scrap paper to make sure it’s working.

Address the inscription to the person who will receive the book. Use a nickname or pet name if it’s appropriate.

Write your special note.

Then sign your name or nickname.

Don’t forget to add the date! This can be done at the top of the inscription or next to your signature. If the book is meant to mark a special date (wedding, birthday, graduation, etc.) include the full date. For other situations, you could simply write the year or something like “Christmas 2016.”

Sample Book Inscriptions

Still feeling stuck on what to write in your book gift? Check out these examples to help give you some book inscription ideas:

Inscriptions for Baby Book Gifts

For future adventures,
future laughs, future tears,
and a future full of dreams come true.

To my little bunny,
welcome to the world.

Little One,
There are big things in your future.

Check out these original baby shower book gifts.

Graduation Book Gift Inscriptions

This is the first big success
in a lifetime sure to be filled
with hundreds more!

Be proud today as we celebrate
your accomplishments from the last 4 years.
Know there are more challenges ahead,
but that means there will be more celebrations too!

I’ve watched you grow and learn,
from ABCs to a + b = c.
I’m so proud of you.
Congratulations on your graduation!

Check out these ideas for unforgettable books for high school graduates and essential books for college graduates.

Cookbook Inscription Ideas

I’ve already marked all of the delicious cakes
you should bake me for my future birthdays.

So you can finally learn how
to cook something that doesn’t go
in the microwave.

Here are some ideas for tasty
treats you can make.
Don’t forget to share!

Milestone 21st Birthday Book Inscription Idea

Remember these wild and youthful years.
They go by so fast! (And the best way to remember
them is to never get blackout drunk)
Love, Mom

I wish I’d read this book when
I was your age. Make mistakes,
but nothing like what happens in chapter 12!

This book at cocktail recipes
will ensure you’re never the one
at the party drinking Bud Light.

Give your book gift

Once you’ve written your inscription, the gift is ready to go. Wrap it or put it in a gift bag and give it to the recipient when the time is right. The inscription will add meaning and personalize the book you’re giving. The recipient will always remember that special time when they read your thoughtful message inside.

Want to buy the perfect gift, but don’t know what books to get? Check out our recommendations for unforgettable books for high school graduates and thoughtful baby shower book gifts. We even have a few book recommendations for fans of the Broadway musical Hamilton.

If you’re shopping for a writer, check out these inspirational book gifts for writers, essential reference books for writers, and the best books on writing fiction.

Don’t forget to get a unique bookmark to go with your book gift.

50 Amazing Gifts for Book Lovers for 2024

It can be tricky to find an original gift idea for an avid reader or bookworm. They already own a lot of books, so sometimes you need to think outside the bookcase for a gift they’ll never forget. If you’re struggling for a gift to get your favorite bookworm, don’t worry. Here are 50 creative and original gifts to give the book lover in your life.

1. Card Catalog: 30 Notecards for the Library of Congress

30 beautiful reproductions of notecards from the Library of Congress. Comes in a replica card catalog drawer.

2. Leg Bookmarks

Leg Bookmarks Reader Gifts

Handmade bookmarks featuring the legs of beloved characters such as the Wicked Witch of the East, Harry Potter, the Hobbit, and more. Close your book and it looks like their legs are sticking out! Super cute.

Check out more unique bookmarks for readers.

3. Novel Teas – Tea Bags with Literary Quotes

Includes 25 individual teabags with literary quotes. Would go perfectly with the next item on our list…

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20 Cool & Unique Bookmarks for Readers

A tried and true gift for any book lover is a bookmark. Readers can never have enough, and they’ll be pleased to receive anything that’s not a piece of cardboard with a tassel tied to it.

These bookmarks are cute, funny, and unique. They make a great gift when combined with a book or a clever stocking stuffer. Pick out one (or two, or three!) for your favorite bookworm. They’re sure to please.

1. Zipmark Zipper Bookmarks

Colorful zipper bookmark keeps your place and makes a fun and quirky gift for any bookworm. The plastic zipper makes it look like you’ve zipped your book shut.

2. Clip On LED Booklight Bookmark

Get two gifts in one: a cool bookmark to hold their place and a convenient LED booklight to light up their page at night. Makes a fun stocking stuffer for readers.

3. Help Me! Hand Bookmarks

Another colorful set of bookmarks featuring hands. It’s the perfect way to cry for help when you’re trapped in a good book you can’t stop reading.

4. Clip it Quote Bookmarks

This is a fun set of bookmarks that makes a fantastic stocking stuffer for book lovers. With four bookmarks included, they each have humorous quotes like “I read past my bedtime” and “Just one more chapter.”

5. Leg Bookmarks

Leg Bookmarks Reader Gifts

Handmade bookmarks featuring the legs of beloved characters such as the Wicked Witch of the East, Harry Potter, the Hobbit, and more.

6. Astronaut Bookmark

This unique bookmark is a must-have for science fiction fans. It features an astronaut staking his flag on a discovered planet. When it’s in the book, it looks like the astronaut is standing on the pages.

Check out more gifts for science fiction and fantasy writers.

7. “Be Right Back” Bookmark

Be Right Back Bookmark

This bookmark is perfect for any reader to mark their place in a book they can’t wait to get back to.

8. Finger Point Handy Bookmark

This bookmark points to the exact spot a reader leaves off in their book. Comes with 6 in different vibrant colors. Perfect for pleasure reading or marking textbooks.

9. Hippo Bookmark

Adorable bookmark of a hippo swimming beneath the pages. Perfect for animal lovers.

10. Sprout Leaf Bookmarks

These cute little green leaves make an adorable bookmark for any bookworm.

11. Dino & Shark Bookmarks

This is a 2-for-1! This pack comes with two bookmarks: one is a great shark and the other is a t-rex. The body goes between the pages of the book, leaving the heads peeking above like the shark and dinosaur are ready to leap out at you.

12. Metal Feather Bookmark

This is an elegant and classy bookmark. Makes a perfect gift for book lovers who read historical romance or fantasy.

13. Vintage Library Checkout Card Bookmarks

Vintage Library Checkout Card Bookmarks Stocking Stuffer for Readers

This bookmark is absolutely unique. Each is made from an actual vintage library checkout card, complete with signatures and due dates. It brings back the nostalgia from elementary school libraries. Each card is laminated and can come with or without a tassel.

14. Personalized Metal Bookmark

Personalized Metal Bookmark

This is a gift that goes beyond the flimsy cardboard bookmarks found in most bookstores. This personalized bookmark is made from stainless steel and engraved with any special message or the name of your reader. This is the kind of bookmark that becomes a precious keepsake.

15. Animal Butt Bookmarks

Animal Butt Bookmarks

A variety of handmade animal bookmarks as well as mythical creatures like mermaids and unicorns. You’re sure to find one of your reader’s favorite animal.

16. Abducted UFO Bookmark

This bookmark is the perfect gift for sci-fi writers. It looks like a UFO beaming up a cow. A fun way to mark your place in any science fiction book.

17. Killer Whale Bookmark

Any reader who loves the ocean will love this bookmark. This cool killer whale bookmark works so it looks like the creature is leaping out of the pages of a book like it jumps from the water.

18. Fruitmarks Fruit Bookmark

Turn any book into a cocktail! These Fruitmarks are super cute bookmarks that let you put a “wedge of fruit” on the corner of a book. Available as grapefruit, lime, orange, or lemon.

19. Bookworm Bookmark

If your loved one is a bookworm, they’ll appreciate this literal bookworm to mark their novel. This plastic bookmark curls around the pages on the corner of the book to make sure he holds your place. Super cute bookmark.

Available in blue, green, and red.

20. Metal Mermaid Bookmark

A beautiful bookmark for any reader who has dreamed of living under the sea. The tail hooks over the spine of the book as if the mermaid is diving into the story. This metal bookmark is brass colored, making it look antique.

Check out more mermaid gifts.

Looking for more fun gift ideas for readers? Check out these board games for book lovers and our gifts for readers megalist.

50 Creative Gifts for Writers for 2024

Stumped on what to get the writer or aspiring author in your life for Christmas, their birthday, or any other gift-giving occasion? This mega-list includes creative, cool, and fun gifts any writer would love to receive.

1. The Writer’s Toolbox

An entire toolkit of creative games and exercises to inspire the right side of your brain.

Click here for more tools to combat writers block.

2. Typewriter Charm Necklace

Typewriter Necklace Gift for Writers

Writerly jewelry: sterling silver typewriter charm on a silver chain necklace.

Check out more typewriter gifts.

3. Typewriter Coaster Set

This is a practical gift with a fun twist. This five piece coaster set looks like an antique typewriter! it comes in a metallic stand that looks like a typewriter and features four coasters that look like antique typewriter keys. This is perfect for a living room or office to protect surfaces from rings caused by coffee mugs (or even adult beverages). Any writer would appreciate this fun gift.

4. Aqua Notes – Waterproof Notepad

The best ideas always come in the shower and are often forgotten before the writer can towel off. Now none of those brilliant lines will be lost! This waterproof notepad is perfect for jotting down dialogue, character names, and the perfect ending for their bestseller!

Click here for more clever gift ideas for writers.

5. Lined Paper Necktie

Lined Paper Necktie Writer Gift

Let your writer guy show his passion with style. This necktie features a print that is lined like a sheet of loose leaf paper. This tie is perfect for English teachers or office workers who dream of quitting their job and writing full time.

6. Writer’s Block Journal

This clever journal is made to look like a block of wood to help inspire any writer to get past their writer’s block and finish their story.

Click here for more journal gift ideas.

7. Clip On Cup Holders

Let’s your favorite author safely clip their cup of coffee or tea to the side of their desk, preventing any disastrous spills on their manuscript.

8. Grass Blade Pens

These pens are made to look like blades of grass and create a unique display to brighten up any writer’s desk. Pair them with these flower pens to create a desktop bouquet.

Check out 15 more quirky and fun pens for writers.

9. Twiddle Fiddle Toy

The Twiddle is the perfect desk toy for a writer to fiddle with while they contemplate fixing their latest plot hole.

10. Field Notes Memo Books

The perfect pocket sized notebook for any writer to jot down their brilliant ideas.

11. Desk Foot Hammock

Let the writer in your life rest their feet as they type out the next hundred words of their novel. This desk foot hammock will let them stretch out and focus on their words.

12. Hourglasses for Writing Sprints

These sandtimers are perfect for timing writing sprints, so if the writer gets caught up in their words, they won’t notice the time is up and will keep going. This set comes with a 30 minute and a 5 minute hourglass.

13. Fisher Space Pen

Writers at any angle and in zero gravity, and underwater–perfect for the novelist that likes to write laying down. Comes in 12 different colors.

14. Mobile Laptop Standing Desk

Write the next great American novel like Hemingway–by standing! This portable laptop standing desk lets you write in any room in the house while standing.

15. Quotation Mark Earrings

Quotation Mark Earrings Writer Gift

These cute quotation mark earrings will give inspiration to new, snappy dialogue every time your writer wears them.

16. Wonderbook: The Illustrative Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction

The definitive guide to writing imaginative fiction, exploring creative visuals sure to inspire the writer in your life.

17. Bookaroo Pen Pouch

This handy gift for writers is great to give as a stocking stuffer or pair with a cool journal. The Bookaroo is a pencil holder that can attach to any book or journal, so a pen is always at hand with inspiration strikes.

18. Leather Journal Gift Set

Every writer needs a good journal, and this gift set is a gorgeous option. This handmade leather journal from Moonster comes with a pen and a gift box ready for wrapping. Perfect gift to inspire any writer to start their next story.

19. Folding Bluetooth Keyboard

This full-size QWERTY keyboard folds up for easy portability in a purse, messenger bag, or backpack. Pairs with any Bluetooth enabled smartphone or tablet.

20. Writer Patent Prints Art Set

This is a stylish set of vintage prints perfect for any writer’s office or library. Each print is of the original patent for the typewriter, mechanical pencil, fountain inkwell, and the pencil sharpener. These 8×10 prints are ready to frame and make a lovely gift set.

21. Winsome Wood Small Writing Desk with Drawers

Every writer needs a dedicated space to craft their prose. This handsome wood writing desk is perfect for writers who use a computer, typewriter, or write by hand in a notebook. It also features a cubby hole and drawers for storage.

22. Pilot Fountain Pen

Enjoy writing by hand with this sleek and elegant fountain pen from Pilot. Don’t forget to include a journal for your writer.

23. Under Desk Eliptical Trainer

Help the writer in your life stay fit with this under desk eliptical trainer. They can finish their novel and stay in shape at the same time.

24. “Go Away I’m Writing” Sign

Go Away I'm Writing Sign for Writers

The perfect way for the aspiring author in your house to signal that they are busy writing the next great American novel and should not be disturbed.

25. Writer’s Block


A literal embodiment of the Writers Block that plagues most writers. Perfect for kicking or throwing out the window in moments of frustration.

26. Fist Pen Holder

Help your writer contain their desk odds and ends with this unique pen holder. This fist holds pens, pencils and more. The wrist is magnetic to keep paperclips at bay. Adds a bit of playfulness to a writer’s desk.

27. Fountain Pen Earrings

Fountain Pen Earrings Writer Gift

Lightweight, gold fountain pen earrings that will look perfect dangling from the ears of any author. Makes a great gift for historical romance and fiction writers.

28. Typewriter Keyboard T-shirt


A great t-shirt for any writer, this one features the traditional round keys of an antique typewriter keyboard.

29. The Writing Manifesto Print

This inspiring piece of art is a must-have for any writer’s office or bedroom. The Writing Manifesto is filled with writing inspiration to help bust through the worst writer’s block. Available in two sizes already framed.

30. A Vintage or Antique Typewriter


Help your favorite writer or aspiring author get back to basics with a typewriter. Vintage and retro typewriters come in a variety of styles and colors and make a unique gift.

31. It’s a Good Day to Write Throw Pillow

It's a Good Day to Write Throw Pillow

Give some not so subtle motivation for your writer to get writing! This pillowcase gives the gentle reminder: It’s a Good Day to Write. Available with or without stuffing in a variety of colors, so you can order the perfect one to match their decor.

32. Initial Typewriter Keys Cufflinks


These are handsome cufflinks made from the keys of vintage typewriters, customized to whatever initials you need.

33. Ruled Paper Scarf

Rule Paper Scarf

This scarf is a blank page they can wear to inspire them to write their next story.

34. Dragon NaturallySpeaking Software

Help boost your writer’s productivity with the most popular speech to text program. They can tell their story out loud while Dragon transcribes it into their favorite word processing program.

35. Literary Writing Gloves


Help an aspiring writer keep their hands worm and get a little inspiration with these literary writing gloves. They feature text from famous books, including Jane Eyre, Dracula, Little Women, and more.

36. Hollow Book with a Flask


For a little “liquid inspiration,” your favorite writer can turn to their favorite book for a hidden flask. A variety of real hollowed books are available in many genres, including classic literature, scifi, fantasy, and horror.

37. Typewriter Tote Bag

Typewriter Tote Bag

Let your favorite writer carry their books, notes, and ever growing collection of pens in this stylish vintage typewriter tote bag.

38. Modern Bookshelf

Writers have tons of books. Give them a cool and original, modern bookcase to display them on.

39. Balance Ball Chair

Gift the gift of a healthier back with one of these balance ball chairs.

40. The Writer Magazine Subscription

A subscription to The Writer magazine is a gift that keeps giving with each issue they receive.

Check out other magazine subscriptions for writers.

41. Instant Writer Mug

Instant Writer Just Add Coffee Mug

This mug is for the caffeine fueled writer in your life. The funny message says: Instant Writer, Just Add Coffee. This is the perfect writing gift for authors who get up early to write before work or stay up late finishing their pages.

Include some of their favorite coffee to make it a memorable gift set.

42. Noise Isolating Headphones

A nice pair of noise-isolating headphones will help them focus on their writing without getting distracted. These are perfect for writers who like to work at coffee shops and mute out the noises around them.

43. Laser Projection Virtual Keyboard

This Bluetooth keyboard takes mobile working to the next level, with a virtual laser keyboard. Compatibly with a Bluetooth enabled smartphone or tablet. Great gift for sci-fi writers.

44. The Writer’s Coloring Book

Let them tap into a creative side from their childhood with this coloring book made especially for writers.

Check out adult coloring supplies to round out your gift.

45. Famous Authors Shotglasses

Now they can knock back a drink with some of the great literary drinkers like Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker. Includes memorable quotes.

46. Bamboo Keyboard and Mouse

An environmentally friendly typing alternative any writer would love. This keyboard and mouse set are made of beautiful bamboo for a luxurious writing experience.

47. Natural Light LED Desk Lamp

So they have plenty of nice, natural light to write by any time of day. Perfect for office desks or bedside tables.

48. Adjustable Laptop Bed Tray

So they can stay productive and work on their novel, even if they don’t feel like getting out of bed.

49. The Big Ideas Notepad

Help them generate new ideas with the Big Ideas Notepad.

50. Portable External Hard Drive

So they can always back up their writing, no matter where they are. Even if they’re on the go.

Need more gift ideas? Check out stocking stuffers for writers, killer journals for writers, and the best books for writing fiction.

15 Quirky and Weird Pens for Writers

All writers use pens, some obsessively collect them, obsessed with different types and colors. If you’re looking for a unique gift for a writer or aspiring author you know, these fun–sometimes a little wild–pens are a great gift to pair with a notebook or journal gift, or make a great stocking stuffer. Pens are affordable gifts and the ones on this list will certainly make for a memorable present.

1. Syringe Pens

Give a writer a shot of creativity with these multi-colored syringe pens. These ballpoint pens are made to look like a syringe with multi-colored liquid in each one.

This makes a great gift for authors of medical thrillers, medical romances, or even horror writers.

Note: while the pens are multi-colored, they all write in blue ink.

2. Bone Pens

The perfect pen for writers and authors who write on the creepy side of genre or enjoy the macabre. These novelty pens are shaped like bones including spines, arm, and leg bones.

These make a great gift for horror writers or writers of non-fiction related to medicine or anatomy.

Writes in black ink. 0.7mm ballpoint pens.

3. Tool Pens

There are multiple sets of these realistic and clever tool shaped pens:

Hand Tool Pens – wrench, screwdriver, nail, hammer

Not Very Dangerous Tool Pens – nail puller, saw, box cutter, needle nose pliers

Garden Tool Pens – hoe, pitchfork, shovel, and rake

Combine the above pen sets with this desktop miniature toolbox to create a completely unforgettable gift.

These are perfect for non-fiction writers of how-tos, or authors who are handy in their free time.

4. Electric Guitar Pens

These bold pens make a rockin’ gift! These ballpoint pens are in the shape of electric guitars. Writes in black ink.

Try these pens as a gift for music critics, or writers of musician biographies.

Check out more gift ideas for songwriters. If your writer is more of a dummer type, try these drumstick pens.

5. Octopus Tentacle Pen

This tentacle pen may conjure memories of HP Lovecraft and Cthulhu, or pirate and sea stories that involve battling giant squids. This pen is realistically crafted to look like an octopus tentacle. Ball point pen.

Makes a great gift for writers of sea-based stories and non-fiction writers of ocean-related books and articles.

6. Food Pens

These food-shaped pens make great gifts that may inspire a little hunger in the receiver.

Pickle pen

Carrot pen

Banana pen

Eggplant pen

These are great gifts for food bloggers, writers of recipe books, and authors of cozy food mysteries.

7. The Procrastination Pen

Perfect for the writer who puts things off until the last minute. The Procrastination Pen has “Do It Later” written on the side. Writes in black ink. 0.6mm refillable gel pen.

For a productive writer (or to give your procrastinating writer a little kick in the pants), get them the Get Crap Done Pen.

8. Paintbrush Pen

This pen is perfect for a writer who is also an artist (or thinks of themselves an artist). This ballpoint pen looks like a paintbrush dripping with ink, ready to create the author’s next masterpiece. Medium point pen. Writes in black ink.

This is a great gift for children’s book authors who also do illustrations.

9. Flower and Plant Pens

Combining a couple of these different types of pens, you can create a bouquet or desk plant for them to display on their desk that doubles as attractive writing utensils:

Grass Blade Pens

Daffodil Flower Pens

Cherry Blossom Pens

Tulip Pens

Leaf Pens

This is a great gift for non-fiction writers of gardening books or authors who happen to love gardening.

Add this pen holder to create a beautiful gift.

10. Novelty Prediction Pen

This pen combines the utility of a normal ballpoint pen with the fun of a Magic 8 ball. Click the top and the Predict a Pen will give you an answer to guide your choices.

Perfect to help a writer during moments of writer’s block or indecision over whether or not to kill a character. Includes 6 predictive sayings.

11. Feather Quill Pen

This is for the writer who loves the old school feel of a feather quill pen, but wants the convenience of modern pen technology. This ballpoint pen features a beautiful feather. Writes with back ink. Available in seven colors: black, natural, white, green. blue, lime green, and orange.

Perfect for writers of historical fiction and fans of Jane Austen.

Pair it with this antique paper or this antique, handmade leather journal for an unforgettable gift.

12. Maraca Pens

Put the party back in writing! These pens are in the shape of maracas, so every moment of writing is fun! “Fiesta!” is printed on the handle. Comes in a variety of colors.

13. Cactus Pen

Another fun gift for writers who like to garden or could use a little green on their writing desk. This cactus pen comes with a little pot that doubles as a pen cap and a stand. The spikes are soft, so it makes for a comfortable writing experience.

Perfect for non-fiction writers of gardening books or writers who love houseplants and gardening.

14. Dachshund Dog Pen

Add a little sparkle to the life of a dog loving writer. This dachshund hound pen is metallic purple and stands proudly on any author’s desk. The dog is wearing a collar with a bell. Black ball point pen. Refillable.

This is a cute gift for any writer of dog related stories or just dog lovers in general.

15. Ninja Knife Pen

This pen is a little edgier than the others on this list. This knife shaped pen makes a “Shining” noise when you click the pen tip. Writes in black. Ballpoint pen.

This is the perfect pen for horror writers and authors of detective mysteries and other mystery novels.

Add these nunchuck pens to create a fun gift for any ninja fan.

Need more gift ideas? Check out our megalist of amazing gifts for writers.

Cheaper Freewrite Alternatives for Writers

When the Freewrite (originally Kickstarted as the Hemingwrite) and Freewrite Traveler came on the scene a few years ago, many writers took notice. The functionality is based on the writing process of author Ernest Hemingway, with a focus on writing new words and not going back to edit, like a high-tech version of a typewriter. For many writers, this is a great idea in an era of constant connectivity to emails, social networks, and other distractions. A device where writers can unplug and focus on getting words on the page seems like a godsend. Taking the simplicity of a typewriter and adding modern technology like an e-ink screen and wifi connectivity is brilliant. But, the $500 price tag is way outside most writers’ budgets.

If the aspiring author in your life added a Freewrite to their wishlist, here are some alternative and more affordable gifts to consider, that will also help create a distraction-free writing environment.

Alphasmart Word Processor

Alphasmart Neo Word Processor

The most similar in function, but the cheapest option by price, is an Alphasmart Word Processor. These handy machines were popular in schools before computers were more affordable. Writers love them because the simplicity of the machine (it is literally only a word processor) creates a distraction-free writing tool that is great for first drafts. Autosave makes sure you never lose a word. They also come with a USB cable to connect to your computer to easily transfer your writing to Microsoft Word, Scrivener, or any other text program you use for editing. The Neo2 also boasts word count and a thesaurus.

Though they are no longer available new, used versions are extremely affordable and easily found searching Amazon and other online retailers.

iPad + a Bluetooth Keyboard

By combining an existing iPad with a bluetooth keyboard, you can create an experience that mimics the Hemingwrite. With so many different iPad keyboard options, you can really personalize it for the writer by color, style, and price. If you’re a writer on the go, frequently writing in cafes or libraries, an iPad case with a built-in keyboard may be your best bet.

If you pair the iPad with a free app like Hanx Writer that simulates the experience of a manual typewriter or Scrivener for iOS, then it’s easy to create a simple, focused writing environment.

Typewriter or Typewriter Keyboard

USB Typerwriter Keyboard

If you or the writer in your life like to kick it old school, you may consider investing in a typewriter. These are easy to find used locally or online used, and new electric typewriters are also available. The only downside is that once you type your writing on the typewriter, you will have to type it again to get it in a digital format on your computer.

A (pricey) alternative is the USB Typewriter Computer Keyboard. These can be purchased pre-modified or as a kit to convert an existing typewriter into a USB keyboard that can be used with any computer or iPad. Then the writer is free to use any writing software they prefer, but they have to resist the temptation to check Facebook while they work.

Wacom Bamboo Slate

This is the perfect gift for a writer who likes to work long hand, but hates the process of typing up their words later so they can edit them on their computer. The Wacom Bamboo Slate is a pen, pad, and paper that allows you to put pen to the page and then digitally records your drawings or words to the Wacom Cloud. No scanning necessary, and no typing later. It even converts handwritten notes into plain text for easy editing later.

The Bamboo Slate is compatible with Bluetooth enables devices, like iPads, iPhones, and Android devices.

“Hack” Your Computer to Be a Productive Writer

Scrivener Composition Mode

This is more of a hack than a gift, but still a great Hemingwrite alternative. Using your computer and a minimalist word processor, you can focus on writing without the distraction of the internet.

Scrivener features a composition mode (pictured) that uses your entire screen, turning it into a writing machine without sacrificing any of the awesome Scrivener functionality.

Buy Mac & Windows version from Literature and Latte
Buy Mac Version from Mac App Store
Buy iOS version from Apple

Other programs that are truly minimalist include Ommwriter or Dark Room (free).

If you have a hard time truly unplugging, try disabling your wifi or using the Pomodoro Technique to help you focus. Try using headphones with ambient noise to really focus.

Check out the best software for writing a book and tools to destroy writer’s block.