20 nice presents for writers in 2020
Do you have a writer in your life? Not sure what gifts writers should get for the Christmas season? Don't worry, we are here for you!
Here is a collection of the best gifts for writers on this vacation.
Gifts for writers from the Write Shop
In case you missed it, we opened a shop this year! The Write Shop has fun writer lifestyle gifts and books to write with. All 30% off until December 7th! You can find all of our shop offers here.
And the best part about it?
1. The Writing Planner (pre-order for $ 29)
Designed by writers for writersThe writing planner offers everything you need to turn an idea into a finished book. With this planner, the friend can make a book plan, learn the structure of the story, plan and review writing week, and most importantly, write!
Designed to help writers organize their ideas so they can complete their book this year, this gift for writers is now a must have. And always.
* Note: This product will be shipped in January 2021
A big reason authors fail to finish their manuscripts is because they lack focus or organization. The writing planner is one of the best gifts for writers this season. Don't miss out (you or your writing friends)!
2. Work in Poe-Gress Hoodie ($ 52)
We love word games here. This hoodie (also available as a t-shirt) combines literary puns, technical jargon and winter warmth. For a gift that will keep your writing friends cozy, motivated, and a little silly this year, this hoodie is for you.
3. My other kids' sweatshirt ($ 36)
If you know a writer, you know his job is like her baby. They likely spend long hours snuggling up to a keyboard, and they likely prefer something comfortable for the early, long, or late hours that they spend with their manuscripts.
Let her show off her “other kid” with this shirt – a simple outfit that appeals to her creative heart.
4. Cups (from $ 15)
Every writer needs caffeine like air. The Write Shop offers a variety of mugs to celebrate the special role caffeine plays in their lives. (And we know how important this role is in their life, especially during these working hours.)
5. Let's write a short story! by Joe Bunting ($ 14 Paperback, $ 6 eBook)
Short stories have been the training ground for writers for almost two centuries. Not to mention, short stories are a lot of great ways for your writing friends to enter a writing contest in 2021. Help them prepare with this special and informative book!
Let's write a short story! is the perfect gift for writers who want to learn something informative and fresh. This book will help you turn your writing friend's dreams into practical steps towards his ultimate goal of a career as a writer.
If you've always wanted to see your friend's name in print, this book can help you with that.
6.14 Prompts: Writing Prompts for Surprise Creativity ($ 11 Paperback, $ 6 eBook)
Most collections of prompts contain hundreds or even thousands of prompts. Why is there only fourteen in this book? 14 Prompts are not a random list of ideas to start your novel with, but rather are designed to inspire you to take a whole new look at your writing and even your life.
You could read this book in an hour, but it will keep you writing for months. It's sure to be epic – and a writer gift that just keeps giving!
More books as gifts for writers
Books about writing are always a great gift for the writer in your life. Here are our top picks for this year – a list of classics for any creator.
7.Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Creating a Plot That Engages Readers from Start to Finish ($ 17)
This guide by James Scott Bell is a starting point for any writing journey. Every writer should have this on their shelves. Seriously.
This fluid, comprehensive, and hands-on book takes the authors through all of the fundamentals and fundamentals required to structure the story and craft.
8.Monsters Writing: How to Craft Incredibly Horrible Creatures to Improve Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction ($ 17)
This is my favorite book for writing. If you know someone who writes horror, fantasy, or science fiction this is a must see. I will say it again. Don't miss this book!
9. The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know ($ 35)
Shawn Coyne was an editor at New York publishers for over 25 years before writing The Story Grid. In this author's manual he describes his entire process of editing a story, from genre to The Grid.
If your writing friends are having trouble figuring out what is not working in their current manuscript, direct their process by sending them this book this vacation.
Partly writing, part memoir, this book is fascinating. You don't have to love Mr. King's work or write horror to get anything out of this book.
Often used as a staple in classroom writing, this is a perfect gift for writers looking to bring their craft to market and one that they will revert to long in their careers.
Writer swag as writer gifts
Somebody buy me all of these things! Who doesn't enjoy collecting literary accessories and decorations and more? Check out the latest and greatest gifts for the writer lifestyle below. And if you feel generous and want to buy me one too; I won't hold you back!
11. “OPEN BOOK. SNIFF. READ. REPEAT. "Tote Bag ($ 15)
Authors don't just write. You read too. (And sniff at books. Yeah, that's a thing.) Give them this bag so they can lug around all those books!
Save them before placing high orders before they arrive at the checkout (or wherever they go).
12. Scribbler Subscription Box (starts at $ 28 / month)
Subscription boxes are all the rage and there seems to be an option for just about everyone, including writers! (Hooray!)
Scribbler boxes contain a signed novel, tips from authors, curated writing gifts, and more. This is proof that great treasures come in small packages and your writing friend won't stop thanking you long after the first box.
13. Reading in the Café candle (USD 20)
I can't get enough of these literary candles from Frostbeard Studio. Seriously, it's a problem. Send help.
These candles are made from soy with a lead-free cotton wick. They smell good too. Amazing indeed. (I need another one!)
14.Forbidden Books Face Mask ($ 14)
Yes, it's still 2020, which means face brands still do a good job of keeping us safe and surprisingly fashionable.
This face mask is two-layer, adjustable and works with inserts. Can you believe that I'm writing this as something to be happy about? (But I am!)
15. Make it Poe Cozy Socks ($ 14)
Okay, that was a bit of a surprise when I was looking for something else and now they're in my shopping cart. The socks say "Let it Poe" at the bottom and are thick and cozy.
Wouldn't they go well with our Work In Poe Gress shirt? Head to toe poe!
16.Rory's Story Cubes ($ 12)
Story Cubes are great for people who have writer's block or who want to warm up with a prompt. You throw the dice and make a story based on the pictures shown. Your writing friend can play alone or with others!
Writing courses and memberships
Correctly. Not all gifts have to warm the soul of your writing friend – and easily exhausted fingertips working with toys and drinking coconut. We help writers develop their writing skills and have been published since 2011. Almost a decade later, we have various memberships and courses to help the writer in your life achieve their dream.
17. The Write Practice Pro ($ 150 annual membership)
Writing can feel like an isolated, lonely activity – but it doesn't have to be. Far from it.
When writers band together in a community with related creatives, they are motivated by the support, encouragement, accountability, and feedback from page one to the end.
When writers team up in a community with related creatives, they're motivated by the support, encouragement, accountability, and feedback from page one to the end. Give your writer friends community!
In The Write Practice Pro, your writing friend can publish chapters of their book or short stories and get the feedback they need to grow as a writer. They also get access to our writing competitions and the opportunity to connect with our partner publications such as the literary magazine Short Fiction Break so that their writing gets the attention it deserves.
18. 100-day book (from $ 400)
Does your friend dream of writing a book? This program is designed to get you to quit.
With scientifically proven motivational techniques, hands-on writing lessons, and accountability straight from our team, our 100-day book program gives you the best possible chance when your friend wants to finish their book. It's so much more than a push!
19th MasterClass ($ 180 annually)
MasterClass is an online collection of classes taught by the BEST people in their respective fields. Over the past few years they have had a lot of writing classes from masters like R.L. Stine added. Joyce Carol Oates and Neil Gaiman. You can buy courses individually. However, we recommend an annual membership to take as many courses as your heart desires.
20. An author website (approximately $ 12 per year)
It is so important for writers to have their own website. If the writer in your life doesn't have one, consider starting him with his own domain this year.
Do you feel ready to go shopping?
With more and more people turning to online stores for the 2020 vacation, this is the perfect opportunity to explore some unique ways to keep your writing friends entertained and empowered. Selecting any, some, or all of the items in this list not only gives you the extra boost needed to start writing, but also gives you a long tap on those computer keys after page 1.
There's a reason I call these the best writer gifts this season!
What written gifts (or gifts for the writers in your life!) Are on your gift list? Let us know in the comments.
Think about your current work. Your protagonist receives a gift from your antagonist. What is the gift and how do you react?
Set a timer for fifteen minutes and write the scene in which they will receive the gift. When you're done, post the list in the comments section. Don't forget to leave feedback on your colleagues' work!
Sarah Gribble is the author of dozens of short stories that deal with awkward situations, fundamental fears, and the general awe and fascination of the unknown. She has just published Surviving Death, her first novel, and is currently working on her next book.
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