Discuss: Awesome Literary Things

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Holiday Gifts for Writers

Last week, I profiled some gifts for the bookish people in your life. But as well as being readers, I’m going to assume that we’re all writers here. And, as such, we’re sure to have some fellow writerly friends who will needs gifts around the holiday season. Readers and writers are, I think, extremely easy to shop for. As I said in my post last week, you can very easily buy a bookish person a gift card to their favorite bookstore and be done with it. Likewise, you could easily get your writer friends a new notebook or pen, or some kind of book full of writing prompts. These are the easy way out, though. There are so many more interesting and just as applicable gifts you can get for the writers in your life.

Chuck Wendig (whom I have been referencing a lot — sorry, Chuck) has made a really awesome post of gifts you can get for a writer. These gifts go beyond the obvious notebook-and-pen choice and into even more practical territory. Included on the list is a corkboard, which I think is a great gift for anyone who needs to organize their thoughts, but especially for writers. Corkboards can be used to lay out plot points, plan out when chapters or scenes appear in a book, or different characters in your story. This list also includes some external storage for a computer. Speaking as someone who has lost her writing before due to a failure to backup, I would highly endorse this gift.

If you are a writer shopping for another writer, think of what helps you or inspires you the most when you need to write. Is that something you can buy for your writer friend? If nothing seems to catch your fancy, try your hand at making a homemade gift. You can create some handy character development worksheets or write different prompts on small pieces of cardstock and put them on a decorative keychain. There are plenty of fun ideas out there, just use your imagination!

What are you getting for the readers and writers in your life? Share in the comments!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

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