Wednesday

Top 4 Journals for Writers


Writers love the feel of a fine journal.  Sitting down with your favorite journal can make ideas spring to life.  A fine, leather bound journal can make a great gift for a writer.  Any of the journals listed below would make a fine gift for the writer in your life (or yourself)!  Pair it with a fine pen for the quintessential writer's gift.












1. Vintage Retro Leather Cover Notebook Journal Blank String Nautical - At only $7.30 this journal is a bargain for yourself or as as a gift.  There is a 3-Ring fastener for the paper inside, which makes it refillable. If you're interested in a signature accessory that doubles as an endlessly useful notebook then you've found it.  The leather cover and design of Anchor and Helm medallions will make you proud to carry this.



2. Horizons Classic Leather Journal - Refillable Vintage Diary Notebook With Extra Lined Paper and a Bamboo Pen as a special Bonus - $14.85 Record your greatest ideas, most inspiring visions, and most intriguing days in this stylish leather journal. The rich bonded leather makes the journal a pleasure to handle and helps keep the pages protected.
  • RETRO STYLE WITH FREE RUSTIC WOODEN PEN INCLUDED! Makes a great gift and travel companion that features refillable loose leaf pages!
  • EXCELLENT CONVERSATION STARTER! With its handsome embossing it will attract many looks. With it's thicker than usual pages, it can take being written on with a fountain pen without worry of bleeding or smudging!
  • CONVENIENTLY SIZED FOR TRAVEL! Well made and sturdy, it will handle the abuse you give it while tossing it in your backpack or carrying it over all seven continents.

3. INDIARY Genuine Buffalo Leather Writing Journal With Strap closure and Handmade Paper - EXPEDITION - Coming in at $29.97, this journal is for the enthusiast. This premium leather journal comes in a classic style and has been manufactured to the highest quality. Its fine and pleasant scent of soft buffalo leather will instantly send you back to the old days.
  • The Sturdy and Handy Cover is made of Finest Buffalo Leather. It has a smooth surface feel and is yet very durable and long-lasting.
  • The Handmade Paper has few and far between Fragments of Flower Petals worked into so that every page is unique.
  • The journal is purely Handmade by Masters of their Craft.
  • approximately 200 Pages 


4. Embossed Leather Blue Stone 120 Page Unlined Journal with Clasp - $22.99 This beautiful, hand made notebook features a brown leather binding with embossed designs on the front and back and an inset blue stone on the front. It has an antiqued brass swing clasp to keep your secrets safe.
  • Unlined, handmade paper.
  • These journals are hand crafted, and the embossed designs and shape of the stone may vary.
  • Antiqued brass swing clasp.


Also, if you've been on the fence about buying Scrivener...you can get a 20% discount on Scrivener here.

Tuesday

Top 6 Pens for Writers

A pen is a great gift idea for any writer. Finding a good pen to a writer is like finding a good friend to anyone else. The best pen is often subjective and a personal preference. That said, any of the pens listed here will make a writer scribble with glee.  Chose any of the pens listed here, along with a journal, to make a great gift for yourself or the writer in your life!







1. Starwalker Extreme Ballpoint Pen 111039 - When price is no object.  At $654, this pen is like flying in first class.  The king of pens!
  • Barrel made of stainless steel with PVD-plated inlays
  • Platinum-plated clip and fittings
  • Ballpoint Pen with twist mechanism
  • Bold and strong silhouette and the floating Montblanc emblem

2. Montblanc 5055 Boheme Stone Ballpoint Pen, Black Onyx Stone with Platinum Trim - $325.75 This pen is short, easy to carry in pants pocket or clipped to shirt pocket. Very light weight and lovely design. Not recommended for those with large hands. The top twists to advance or retract the ball point or roller ball.

  • Black precious resin, platinum-plated fittings, inlaid with Montblanc emblem
  • Platinum-plated clip set with a synthetic onyx-colored gemstone
  • Three platinum-plated rings embossed with the Montblanc brand name


3. Versace ASTREA Ball Point Pen, Black Ink, Medium Point (VR7050014) - $235
When you want an elegant and classy pen for a person of the same caliber. A unique pen that exudes class and confidence!

  • Steel guilloché lower barrel, Black upper barrel
  • Greek key engraved and enameled in black on the ring
  • Versace logo engraved on the clip
  • Medusa on relief on the top of the cap


4. Visconti Rembrandt Blue Ball Point Pen - $145.  Building bridges with a beautiful Italian ballpoint pen A universal symbol of friendship and diplomacy a bridge denotes the effort of reaching across a divide to establish a connection. My personal favorite.
  • Silver band brandishes the Rembrandt-motif signature and majestic filigree flourish
  • Deploys with a twist
  • Variegated marbled resin — no two are exactly alike
  • Resin design is based on Rembrandt's use of chiaroscuro — adding lighter hues to a dark foundation image
  • Ballpoint ink is unusually smooth, similar to rollerball ink


5. Engraved / Personalized Waterman Expert Black with Gold Trim Ballpoint - At $99 this pen drops into the budget pen range, but makes up for it with free 24 character engraving. Still a great buy with precise aesthetics accentuated by the captivating refinement of classic black gloss lacquer finish and luxurious gold trim.
  • Comes in a Waterman pen gift case
  • Geniune Waterman Expert Pen, Made in France
  • Laser engraving shows up gold, matches the trim


6. Cross Apogee, Frosty Steel, BallPoint Pen (AT0122-6) - Well know for their quality, affordable pens, Cross offers a great writing instrument at just $85.86.  This pen exhibits the glitz and glamour of 1980s era Manhattan with pale blue European translucent lacquer over engraved chrome appointments.

  • All Cross products are shipped in boutique-quality gift packaging that you'll be proud to give as a gift.
  • Cross offers a range of ball-point refill sizes and colors; Selectip gel rolling balls, porous-points (felt tips), ball-points and document markers; 0.5mm pencil leads; specially formulated cartridges and bottled inks.. 
  • Cross has re-invented writing instruments with jewelry-quality craftsmanship.
  • All Cross writing instruments are unquestionably guaranteed against mechanical failure, regardless of age.


Remember to Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial and get free 2-day shipping on any of the pens listed here.  Feel free to leave your favorites in the comments, even if it's a Bic. Enjoy and happy writing!

Also, if you've been on the fence about buying Scrivener...you can get a 20% discount on Scrivener here.

Saturday

NaNoWriMo 2015 Report Card





We all know how tough it can be to keep on track during NaNoWriMo.  Here is a simple spreadsheet for those of you that want a handy way to track your NaNoWriMo progress during November. Honestly, you could change the date range to keep track of your writing for any month you chose.

All you do is fill in the blanks of any yellow shaded areas and then the sheet will track your daily and monthly achievements for you!  Click the photo for a larger image.  You can download a copy of the NaNoWriMo Report Card here.

Don't forget to grab you're copy of Scrivener just in time for NaNoWriMo.  Use the Scrivener Coupon Code to get 20% off today and get those creative juices flowing.


You'll be able to track

Daily word count
Monthly word count
Number of scenes written
Number of writing sessions per day
Words per hour
Words left until goal
Average words per day
Tomorrow's goal
And much more!
I hope you can make use of it.  Feel free to change and alter as you wish.  Only one week to go. Have fun and keep writing!


If you have any question or any problems before NaNoWriMo starts in Novemeber leave a comment or send me an email.  Enjoy!

Wednesday

2016 Coupon Codes for Scrivener


Last updated: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016. All links and promo codes are still valid as of this date.




If you are an organized writer, like myself, Scrivener is the best software for both your fiction and non-fiction endeavors. It's even better with a discount!  It is available for either OS X or Windows, you can save 20% off the retail price now! This is currently the best coupon code available for Scrivener.  To get Scrivener on sale make sure you visit one of the links listed below for the code to work.

Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.

One of the great things about the writing community is, as a whole, we tend to be a supportive bunch. So I thought it only fitting to share the links below for anyone that wanted to get Scrivener at a discount.  Remember you can always try it for free first. Enjoy!

I want to sincerely thank all those that continue to use the links provided below.


You can grab the  Mac version or Windows version of Scrivener, just follow these steps:
  • This is the most current Scrivener coupon code: WORDSWITHJAM  (This code is still valid as of  Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016)
  • Highlight the discount code, right click and copy
  • You must go here for the Scrivener Mac OS X version and paste your coupon code.
  • You must go here for the Scrivener Windows version and paste your coupon code.
If you ever need help or have a question about this deal or Scrivener in general, feel free to contact me, or leave a comment below.  This space will be kept updated with the best Scrivener discounts available.


Make sure to take advantage of some great free Scrivener Templates as a token of my thanks for using my links!


If you want to learn amazing ways to use Scrivener and how to make a living with this great writing tool read this!


Enjoy this Scrivener Coupon Code and get writing!




Friday

NaNoWriMo 2014 Report Card

To keep with the NaNoWriMo theme, here is a simple spreadsheet for those of you that want a handy way to track your NaNoWriMo progress.

All you do is fill in the blanks of any yellow shaded areas and then the sheet will track your daily and monthly achievements for you!  Click the photo for a larger image.  You can download a copy of the NaNoWriMo Report Card here.

Don't forget to grab you're copy of Scrivener just in time for NaNoWriMo.  Use the Scrivener Coupon Code to get 20% off today and get those creative juices flowing.


You'll be able to track

  • Daily word count
  • Monthly word count
  • Number of scenes written
  • Number of writing sessions per day
  • Words per hour
  • Words left until goal
  • Average words per day
  • Tomorrow's goal
  • And much more!
I hope you can make use of it.  Feel free to change and alter as you wish.  Only one week to go. Have fun and keep writing!



Be sure to check out Scrivener to make your life easier during NaNoWriMo Scrivener Coupon Code

NaNoWriMo 2014 Calendars

Every year I always use a calendar wallpaper as the background on my laptop.  That is where I do most of my work and it acts as a constant reminder during November.  So here are a few I've found scattered across the internet, all in one convenient location.  If you find any others feel free to add a comment and I'll try to get them added.  Clicking on the photo will take you to the image and the artists original work.  Feel free to leave them a thank you for their work.























Preparing for NaNoWriMo 2014

    It's hard to believe that NaNoWriMo 2014 is only a week away.  The one thing I learned from
participating the last three years is that NaNoWriMo is a glorious, agonizing, fun, terrifying, stimulating level of Hell.  Completing 50,000 words in 30 days in no small feat. We all write differently, but i hope some of the advice below may be helpful for the novice Nano'er. So offer Charon your coin for passage and hope you make it to December unscathed.


  • Register on NaNoWriMo.org  Say hi on the forums, you'd be surprised how much activity there is year round. It will start to get very busy next month.  Leave a post for writing buddies.  A little friendly competition/encouragement will help you make it through your thirty days.
  • If you like to outline - start now.  Decide on your genre, setting, characters, plot, sub-plots, theme, ect.  You may throw half of it out once you start, but having a rich starting point will lessen the shock if you've never written 1667+ words a day. If you write without outlining then damn you, I'm jealous!
  • Use your outline to get into a routine.  Try to write 250 (or 500 or 750) words a day for now as you jot down ideas. The hardest part is learning to make time for your writing and forcing it to become a part of your day.
  • Learn to write without editing. This one is hard.  The trick to NaNoWriMo is to keep writing, don't stop, don't edit, don't correct, don't reword...just write. You can edit when in December. 
  • Remember what Hemingway said "The first draft of anything is shit" and I guarantee your story will be. At the end of November you will have an dirty, back woods, banjo playing, red headed step child of a story that someday....just someday, might grow up and have a top 20 video on CMT, but I doubt it.
  • Start buying your supplies. What do you need for your writing, we all have our vices.
    • Coffee, soda, tea, water...whiskey?
    • Peanut M&M's, pretzels, carrot sticks, whatever will keep your ass in the chair for 1667 words/day.
    • Journal - the one I keep by my bed.  I can't tell you how many times I woke up during the night with the world's greatest story idea only to forget it when I rose that morning.  I finally bought this journal for the nightstand.  A spiral notebook would work just as well.
    • Favorite pens or pencils? If you have special kind you love buy a few extra for November.
    • What are you going to use for your word processor?
  • Dress up your desktop with some inspirational wallpaper.  I always use a few different NaNoWriMo wallpapers throughout the month depending on my mood. Here is the first NaNoWriMo Wallpaper for 2014. I will add more as I find them.
  • Decide on your writing space.  Do you write at the desktop in your office, laptop on the couch or favorite chair, or do you like the stimulation of your neighborhood Starbucks. If you can set aside the same time every day to write, let friends and family know not to bother you until you're done.

  The most important tip is have fun, enjoy the experience.  Realize that if you finish you a part of a small group of people that have ever sat down and written 50,000+ words.  It is an accomplishment to be proud of.
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