Justine is already thinking about New Year’s resolutions, but I am still in the holiday gift frame of mind, so I thought I’d throw out some random ideas for those looking for a great gift for the writer in their life.
Reading is an important part of a writer’s life and those “important tips for writer’s” lists almost always include “read a lot” at or near the top. What better way to get your writer reading than with a gift-certificate for a local bookstore, an eReader, or some actual books. Need some help selecting the right book? Michille’s recent post is chock-full of book recommendations or you might consider one of the newly released titles below:
The Princess Destiny (Daughters of Prophecy Book 2) by Ainsley Brooks
The Fix Up (First Impressions Book 1) by Tawne Fenske
Looking for something a little more “educational” for your writer? How about one of the many titles by blog favorite Chuck Wendig like 500 Ways To Be A Better Writer or 250 Things You Should Know About Writing.
Besides being entertaining, movies are a great way to inspire creativity and learn a bit about story in the process. I’ve been home sick recently, with a brain too fuzzy to attempt to write, so I’ve queued up a whole set of movies to keep me occupied while recuperating. Some are new titles that caught my eye as I surfed my way through the offerings on Netflix, others are old favorites. The internet abounds with lists of movies to help you find the perfect title for your writer. One of my favorites is Love Actually.
If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that finding time to write is a frequent topic of conversation here. It’s just so easy to get distracted by “other things that need to get done.” I’ve found that setting a timer for just a short amount of time helps me get a little bit of writing done in a way that doesn’t feel overwhelming. I like this 15-minute hourglass – functional and pretty – but there are a plethora of timers available out on the internet; one is bound to fit the style of your special writer.
A Writer’s Flask
For those following the great drinking and writing tradition (hey, it worked for Hemingway), how about the quirky “Nowhere Writer’s Flask” that marries the convenience of a flask with the practicality of a notepad and pen. Never again will your writer be caught mid-sip with no way to write down their flash of brilliance. For those writers looking for an extra challenge, there is even a “Nowhere Drunken Writing Contest.” After all, who doesn’t want to get drunk and write, preferably about travel?
Something to write on
Is a leather-bound flask with a notepad not quite your writer’s style? Then how about giving a really nice notebook our journal instead? Several of the ladies here are fans of moleskin journals. I am a sucker for pretty journals and probably have enough of them to keep me writing for decades. Something small enough to fit in a purse can be great for your writer to capture those random ideas that have a tendency to come to mind when there is no computer nearby. Does your writer always get their best ideas in the shower (no, not that kind of ideas)? Maybe they would like some waterproof Aqua Notes – perfect for capturing notes where a regular pen and paper just wouldn’t work.
So, what else would you put on the list?