If you’re like me, you’re still scrambling for holiday gifts. Need ideas for that special wordsmith in your life? Or are you a writer and you need to buy yourself a little something for under the tree? Here are a few fun things I’ve found.
Nearly every writer drinks coffee or tea to keep the brain juices flowing. And when I say “drink,” I mean CONSUME MASSIVE QUANTITIES OF. If you know a writer, these make great gifts:
If your writer’s cabinets overrunneth with mugs, then how about some of these:
Give the gift of knowledge! There are many groups that run online classes for writers. The Lowcountry Romance Writers organize a lot of romance- and writing-specific classes.
Most of the RWA special interest groups run classes, such as YARWA (Young Adult), the Beau Monde (Regency), Kiss of Death (Romantic Suspense), and FF&P (Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal) to name a few. Most require membership first.
Purchase your writer a book on craft or a research topic in their genre. There are some great ones out there (I’m partial to Stephen King’s On Writing), and I’m a big believer in the “you can always learn something more” attitude, no matter where you are in your career.
Also, writers READ. So gift cards to buy books on our wish lists are a good thing.
Give the gift of your time. Seriously. Go have coffee with a writer and let them bounce ideas off you. Have them explain their story, or even read it aloud to you. Point out the plot holes. Ask questions. Help them make their story better. No lie, this is a treasured gift.
Or just let them brag, complain, share…anything to make writing a little less lonely.
And when all else fails, consider buying WINE.
There’s a good chance these are all just things only I want. :-) So what’s on YOUR list this year?