Kristen Otte

Finding Love and Laughter through Story

The Gift Guide for Readers & Writers

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Christmas is just around the corner and time is running out to pick up a gift for that special someone! Lucky for you, I compiled a few ideas for that special person who loves to read or write.

For the Writer:

Scrivener ($50): Scrivener is the best writing software out there for Mac or PC. The capabilities are endless for scrivener and I now use Scrivener for almost all my writing. There are templates to use for novels, screenplays, nonfiction and more. The organization is fabulous. Writers can break down their work into scenes and chapters. Plus, scrivener compiles your documents into many different formats so you can print, email, or even put into e-book format. There is a bit of learning curve, but it’s worth the time and money.

Moleskine Notebooks ($10-$20): Even if with the digital age, I still carry notebooks with me to jot down notes and ideas throughout the day. You pay a little more for the Moleskines due to their higher quality paper and binding, but they feel great to hold and the paper is great for note taking. There are a variety of sizes and options in the Moleskine Catalog.

Mind/Word Mapping Software: When I’m outlining a concept for a story, I love using mind maps to plot my ideas. I use Ithoughts HD on my iPad for mind maps, but there are a variety of apps out there depending on your gadget or computer of choice.

For the Reader:


Kindle Paperwhite ($139): I love my kindle even though it’s a few years old. I love taking my kindle outside and reading in the sunlight (something you can’t do with a tablet). The latest kindle, the Kindle Paperwhite, is the best eReader available. Amazon updated the contrast and the font options, making the kindle reading experience even more like reading a paperback book.

Library Card & the Overdrive App: The e-book revolution is growing and libraries are catching on. If you have a library card for your locality, chances are the library is now checking out ebooks. Overdrive is an app to manage the e-book and audiobook checkout process. The Overdrive App is available on all major mobile devices including Android and iOS, along with PC and Mac.

Books: You can’t go wrong with buying books. Check out my book review posts the past few months or stay tuned early next week when I post my favorite books of 2012.

I hope everyone is having a joyful December!

Peace & Love,

Kristen

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