5 Great Gifts for Writers
My totally biased selection of five amazing gifts for the writer in your life
Moleskine Classic Notebook
It’s classic, it’s practical, and every writer should have at least one. Hardbound, with smooth, gorgeous pages that beg to be filled with someone’s magnum opus.
Why They’ll Love It: There’s nothing more inspiring than a beautiful notebook filled with blank pages. Starting at just $12.99, you can make someone happy, even if you’re on a tight budget. Purchase at your local independent bookstore, or online.
Whether you’re just starting out, or you have a few unfinished novels tucked away in a drawer, The Book Doctor (yours truly) has a class that will suit you. Choose from Fundamentals of Fiction, Advanced Fiction Workshop, the After NaNoWriMo Workshop (for writers who have completed NaNoWriMo), the Publishing Workshop, and more.
Why they’ll love it: All courses include weekly lectures, assignments, and discussion groups. The courses are self-paced, so the writer can begin the course at any time, for as long as he or she likes.
The price: Courses start at just $39.
The Paperclip Method includes four innovative workbooks to help first-time novelists through every step of the process.
Why they’ll love it: For a really small investment, the aspiring novelist life will get inspired, find his voice, and finally get that novel out of his head and onto the page. Packed with writing exercises, in-depth articles on narrative craft, and a step-by-step to writing, structuring, and revising a novel.
The price: $29 to instantly download all four workbooks when you order by Dec. 3 (regularly $39)
Remember the days of pen and ink? Livescribe3 looks and feels and acts like a pen, with actual ink that you use to write on actual paper, with one huge improvement over regular pen and paper: Livescribe 3 captures what you’re writing in real time, via the Livescribe app, automatically syncing to your IOS device.
Why They’ll Love It: Everything you write can be synced automatically to Evernote, so that your handwriting can be searched in the same way you would search typed text. Write in the Livescribe Moleskine notebooks, spiral bound notebooks, or free paper your print yourself.
The Price: $149. (Update: Livescribe is offering $70 off its smartpens for cyber Monday. Get the pen.)
A diverse collection of thought-provoking, beautifully written stories by emerging and established writers. Recommended for writers of short fiction, students of contemporary fiction, and anyone who loves a good story. I hand-picked all of these stories myself for my little literary labor of love, Fiction Attic Press, so I can attest to their awesomeness.
Why They’ll Love It: This anthology filled with cutting-edge fiction by unknown and emerging writers doesn’t just make for a great read. It is also inspiring: many of the writers published here are just starting out. Fiction Attic Press–the small, independent press behind this book–actively seeks fiction and memoir by new and unpublished writers.
The price: $14.99 for the paperback