This is a contributed post
Do you want to surprise a word lover for real? You can easily recognise the logophile in your life – yes, believe it or not, but a logophile is actually a word lover. He or she is the friend who can’t reply to a simply yes/no question by text with a direct answer. It has to be a lengthy and sophisticated paragraph, which might make it tricky if you expect a quick text back but which is so much fun to read. Or he/she is that relative who send you postcards of a holiday in an envelope so that they can add an extra sheet of paper to finish writing their vacation anecdotes.
When someone loves words, it’s like a contagious disease: Everything they see, touch or experience turns into a million-word story for the pleasure of everyone around. They don’t just go to the shop; they proceed to an explorative journey of the social values of their local community. It’s not a night-out at a restaurant; it’s a discovery of textures and flavours that explode on the tongue. In short, they love words, and they can’t refrain from using them. So how could you surprise them with a present so well-thought that it’ll leave them lost for words… at least for a few minutes!
For the tactile ones
Is your logophile the kind of person who loves to keep a pen on hand when they need to think? If this is the case, they’ll love a personalized stationery set for their correspondence and their thank-you notes. It’s a little old-fashioned for anyone else. But a word lover would be able to see past this aspect and embrace the simple beauty of a hand-penned note on quality paper. If you want to blow them away, make sure to add a fountain pen to the surprise. You can be sure that you’ll be the first to receive a thank you note with their name on it!
For those who have a million thoughts to share
For the logophile who has a lot to say about plenty – whether it’s fashion, travel, or lifestyle – you could consider preparing a blog – fully designed and hosted – as a surprise. If you’re not au fait about the specific blogs requirements, the easiest way is to start a blog on WordPress. There you can be guided, step-by-step by the WordPress building templates and their easy-to-use plugins. A good idea, for an apprentice blogger, is to add a broken link checker and a duplicate post plugin and a social sharing function.
For that one big story they want to tell
If you have a friend who dreams of writing a book to share their story with the world, you can help them in the right direction with a writing software program. While some software solutions for writers come at a price, you can simply register to a free version that does all the right things and presents a perfect introduction to the world of digital assistance for creativity. FocusWriter, for instance, is a great app for Linux, Windows and OS X and helps to block distractions. Scribus is another helpful option to design great-looking material effortlessly.
So prepare yourself to surprise a word lover in September from a traditional stationery kit to an out-of-this world writing experience. Is there any better way to give someone the encouragement they need to create amazing stories?
This post has been contributed to Life, Love ad Dirty Dishes