Thoughty Thursday is late this week because NaNoWriMo is ending today and it’s just been that kind of week. I saw the picture above on my pal Glynnis Campbell’s Pinterest board and it made me think about what makes people open their wallet.
Kristen Lamb did a hilarious post a few weeks back called, “Why Settle For Your Reader’s Wallet When You Can Get In Her PANTS?” She talked about how tired people are of the “me-me-me”/ “buy-buy-buy” messages that we’re bombarded with everywhere. Especially this time of year.
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE the holidays…but I hate the focus on buying “stuff.” I don’t want “stuff” – I’m having a garage sale in a few weeks because “stuff” multiplies.
From the people I love, I want a card they personalized, something they made, even a phone call some afternoon. If their love language is gifts, I understand…feel free to give me something that made them think of me.
[Pssst... Tell my guy, I'm an absolute HO for Amazon cards. Oh, and Reese's Pieces.]
But buying me something because this is the season of buying? Or you got a great deal? Don’t do it. Times are way too hard. Save that money for your own rainy day.
If people are struggling, get them a practical gift like a gift card to a store where they can buy food. The writers in your life are sluts for Amazon cards, just like me. But really, they’d probably be just as happy if you bought their book or subscribed to their blog.
I have a friend that has everyone give to her favorite charity or to the Red Cross. If you’re interested in obtaining writing services for your donation, there’s a great auction going on at Publishing Gives Back where agents and editors are auctioning off their services for Hurricane Sandy Relief.
Though I rarely give to panhandlers, I’ll nearly always give at least a buck if someone entertains me or makes me laugh. Take this guy on a street corner in Seattle, for example…
What are your buying habits this time of year? What gift item turns you into a HO? Do you have a favorite charity? If you shop, do you hit the mall or go online? Enquiring minds always want to know these things here at More Cowbell!
Bonus Question: In honor of Mark Twain’s birthday today…which of his stories/novels is your favorite?
In the mood to read more? There’s a great WriterStrong post on using details to evoke emotion in your readers over at Writers In The Storm today.