Once again, we have reached that time of year when the majority of us scramble like mad for gift ideas. I’d like to share a few of my writerly gift ideas with you. Maybe you have a writer of your own, or maybe you need to find ways to redirect well-meant enthusiasm.
- A whiteboard notebook: seriously, these things are amazing. When I lived in Seattle, my apartment had enormous windows that my roommate and I liked to diagram stories on. These are like that, only portable and easier to read. My husband gave me a NUboard a Christmas or two ago, and I love it (and it comes in multiple sizes). They come with a marker, but don’t forget to add some extra colors!
- If you want a pricier gift, I highly recommend a fountain pen – so long as you know your writer and her preferences incredibly well. I adore my Pilot Vanishing Point, which is an excellent introduction to the world of fountain pens. (And my favorite ink: Tsutsuji by Iroshizuku.)
- Moleskine’s storyboard notebook. I don’t normally storyboard, but I love the idea of this notebook and it makes me want to try new and different approaches to storytelling.
- Jeff Vandermeer’s Wonderbook is an amazing masterclass on writing, no matter what level of experience your writer has.
- Another amazing reference for any writer? A visual dictionary. Trust me.
- A subscription to Locus Magazine, especially if your writer is of a sci-fi or fantasy persuasion. It provides an amazing amount of industry information.
- Your writer will love you forever if you gift her a spot in a writers’ workshop, but there are a lot of bad ones out there. So be careful! Keep an eye out for workshops run by authors your writer knows and loves. I’m a fan of Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) workshops and would trust most AWA-certified instructors to be awesome.
- Similarly, a membership to a writers’ convention will go over well. Travel and hotel costs tend to be more prohibitive than the membership, so consider making this gift a group effort.
Have more ideas? Please share in the comments!