Do you ever wonder what to give your favorite feisty writer? It’s that time of year, and some of our awesome contributors have made gift suggestions any scribe is sure to love:
Marni’s Writer Gift Ideas:
1. Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market 2018 is the only resource you need to get your short stories, novellas, and novels published. This edition of NSSWM features hundreds of updated listings for book publishers, literary agents, fiction publications, contests, and more, and each listing includes contact information, submission guidelines, and other essential tips.
Inside Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market, you’ll find valuable tips for:
- How to take your readers on a roller-coaster ride by mastering the art of the unexpected
- Weaving foreshadowing and echoing into your story
- Discovering the DNA—dialogue, narrative, and action—dwelling inside all memorable characters
- Gaining insight from best-selling and award-winning authors, including Steve Berry, Liane Moriarty, Junot Díaz, and more
Why I love it: I love this gift because it answers the age old question, “But where should I send my work?” This is the gift that keeps your work from ending up in a shoe box. Buy one for yourself while you’re at it. Truly worth it.
2. Inspirational Book
Write and share what’s in your heart! Let SARK show you how. Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper is your non-judgmental witness, resoundingly supportive friend, and practical guide to the craft of writing and storytelling. For anyone who knows that a writer lives within them but doesn’t know how or where to start; for writers who need new ways to work past their blocks and be reinspired; for anyone who loves SARK’s wise words and art, Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper will help start the ink flowing and keep it going.
Why I love it: Well, truth be told, I love every book by Sark. She is the queen of giving you permission to loosen up, to play, to love the messy, juicy and joyful process that writing can be. If you become a fan here are a few more: Eat Mangoes Naked, Succulent Wild Woman and Inspiration Sandwich
3. The Editor’s Tote by Dooney and Bourke
For those who want luxurious toting of their notebooks, papers and laptops…
The Editor’s Tote by Dooney and Bourke
H 7.5″ x W 4.5″ x L 8.75″ One inside zip pocket. Two inside pockets. Cell phone pocket. Inside key hook. Buckle closure. Handle drop length 4.5″. Detachable strap. Strap drop length 13.5″. Lined.
Why I love it: Well if you know me, you know I can be greatly cheered up with purses and totes. I don’t know why but when I carry around my notebooks in this it makes me happy. If you have a writer in your life who is equally delighted by pretty containers with straps, this is a lovely gift. And guess what, it is ON SALE for the next 4 days!
4. Bonus Gift – Just for Fun
The Writer’s Clock at Café Press
Why I Love it: It only allows you an hour to panic, then back to writing.
Melissa’s Writer Gift Idea:
The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby
This is the most comprehensive and practical how-to book for narrative writing that I’ve ever come across. It explores story from conception through execution, delving into character development, world building, thematic through line, plot, and scene construction. Truby’s concepts build upon one another, helping the writer understand their story from many different perspectives and thus giving them the tools to weave an intricate and cohesive web that will satisfy readers. And the best part is, this isn’t just for fiction writers—it’s useful to anyone who incorporates narrative into their writing, be it journalism, memoir, or non-fiction. While this book could be mulled over from time to time as ideas develop, it also includes a workbook format where the writer can do the work as they progress through each chapter. The writer(s) in your life will be forever indebted to you for this gift and—let’s be honest—there’s no shame in treating yourself to this one too!
Karen’s Writer Gift Idea:
The gift of time to write.
That’s all I want in this crazy season. My shelves are full of books on how to write, I have very nice bags to carry 10 copies of my latest, a laptop, pens, three spare unfilled composition books. There’s one thing missing…
Paula’s Writer Gift Idea:
Liz Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Here’s why I recommend it:
Big Magic grants authors and artists permission to create free of fear (or maybe in concert with it). I especially liked the early sections on the distinction between being a genius and having genius pour through you (the latter reflects the true nature of the artist) and how ideas can get sidetracked and, if they’re set aside too long, lost (been there myself recently). But, Gilbert argues, even if these ideas go away from you, they often appear elsewhere, pursued by others in a concept known as multiple discovery.
Fascinating and liberating, this book celebrates the joy of creating and gifts all authors and artistic types with the knowledge that it’s okay to just do the work, no matter the experience level or eventual outcome. Highly recommended, not just for authors, but for all who yearn to be creative explorers.
Marijke’s Writer Gift Ideas:
1. Moleskin Journals
I’ve tried a LOT of journals and finally settled on the plain moleskin journals. They are the perfect size to carry with me. I have taken them on all my retreats and now have a collection, one for each retreat I’ve been to. These are marvelous to mine for content later.
2. Watercolor pencils
These are so fun for adding pictures to my journals. I find that it helps me relax and pay attention to my surroundings when I add a little color to my journal notes
3. The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language by Natalie Goldberg.
This book captures what I think are essential components of my own writing practice, which Natalie distills as this: Sit. Write. Walk. It encourages us to dig a little deeper to “mine the rich awareness in your life, and to ground and empower yourself.”
Danielle’s Writer Gift Ideas:
- Out of print clothing
I wear a lot of t-shirts. They are part of my personality and feature anything from interesting designs, to bands that I love. Lately I’ve started to add both bookstore and book t-shirts to my collection. This site has a whole host of book-themed gifts, whether it be a t-shirt with Frederick the Mouse or a scarf with Edgar Allen Poe-ka dots.
2. Book darts
I choose to read physical books simply because I spend most of my days and nights in front of a screen. I have also attempted to curb my book spending, so I’ve also been borrowing a lot of books from the library. Book darts are the absolutely perfect way to mark specific passages in books. If you’re reading a book you borrowed for the library for book club, you can “dart” your way though it and remove them all prior to returning the book. Book darts are thin, neat looking, and removable. I’ve already blown through two tins. So worth it.
3. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
The War of Art is my writing bible. Pressfield tackles one of the greatest nemesis of writers around the world – resistance. When I’m wrestling with the demons of resistance I reread the final paragraph of this book (which is marked with a book dart in case you were wondering) “Creative work is not a selfish act or a need for attention. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us all you’ve got.”
Lisa’s Writer Gift Ideas:
- 1. Book Map
These are fun, beautiful pieces of artwork featuring landmarks from literature in a single city map. Fun to stare at during those brainstorming sessions! They also have TV and movie maps, for those who don’t just love books…
Literally a box of writing prompts. These have gotten me out of many a writer’s block jam, and there is a booklet of fun group games, too!
This is a software program for taking dictation, which is the fastest way to get words on the page, whether they are notes, prose, blogs, or whatever pops into your brain. It also learns to recognize words and spellings you use often, including proper names. Think of all the brilliance you’ll be able to get out when the words move as quickly as your imagination! (Note: this is the PC version. They have it for Mac as well, but it’s more expensive for some reason.)