Once upon a time, there lived a Mouse named Moe with his wife, Alyssa… And pretty much from there they lived the great capitalistic American dream as far as my 5-year-old self could imagine: Moe and Alyssa bought a house, had children, and drove to work every day. Rewriting this story for modern times, Moe and Alyssa would decide their corporate jobs sucked ass, kids were not for them, and they’d find themselves drinking wine all over the world, blogging about it. Moe would tirelessly shoot pictures for Alyssa’s failing Instagram while Alyssa furiously tweeted her next #SundaySunset…
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REGARDLESS, from the moment I COULD write, I WANTED to write. Unfortunately, writing is not always easy or fun, whether a book or a blog. Other times, writing is like spewing rainbows and unicorn dust. So what do you give the writer in your life to cheer them up, motivate, and reward him/her/them? Here are 10 gifts for writers and bloggers (and readers) to brighten their day, inspire, or at least give you…I mean them…some crap to scroll through until you start writing again.
Too soon? Should I have saved alcohol for say…number three? Oops. Guys, I have a reputation to maintain, and I think we should start with the rewards from writing all day first: WINE! I love an oaky glass of wine, and who doesn’t want a glass paired perfectly with dinner? Plus, isn’t there some study that red wine is fantastic for your heart? Disclosure: I am not a doctor SO back off haters.
I also love Manhattans on the rocks. This is what happens when you turn 30. You get old and so does your taste in booze. Or more refined. I am so damn refined. We recently started taking our cocktail making to another level too: we bought square ice cube trays so that we wouldn’t ruin our booze with lame, melty normal ice cubes.
A few drinky drink gift ideas and accessories:
Personally, I’d buy the cat flipping you off…
2. More Booze. Just Kidding. Grammar and Editing Books
Going back to my English and History double major days as well as my recent MLIS grad experiences, there are some grammar and writing books that are staples. As a librarian, that Writer’s Market BEAST is always publishing gold…or a Manhattan in solid form.
I cannot even begin to count how many notebooks I have laying around in every corner of my house. I use them to jot down blog ideas, record book review notes, and outline my blog posts. Some notebooks keep 1.2 gazillion passwords that will somehow get hacked anyway and others have lists of dreams and goals, sketches for merch, and Instagram captions. There might be a grocery list mixed in and a ton of freaking cat hair. But cats aren’t allowed on the tables, right? Never.
4. Literary Board Games
We are a huge board game family when friends are in town. Note how I said when people are in town. Florida can be lame like that… Yes, of course we love Cards Against Humanity and Apples to Apples, BUT we also enjoy traditional wordy-nerdy board games. When writers’ block hits…or procrastination with wine block/thirst distracts…why not crack out a game?
5. Inspirational Books
Did you ever wonder what books inspire authors to write? The Uncorked Librarian asked 8 indie authors what fiction and nonfiction titles inspire and motivate them. Below are a few of the titles. See the full list here.
6. A Planner/Scheduling Gear
I could not work, write, or function without a planner. I need to see each week laid out with tasks that I can check off as well as content ideas for the month paired with short and long-term goals. For 2018-2019, I have been using the Clever Fox Planner because it lets me write in my own dates, weeks, and months. The planner looks like a bullet journal with space for me to map out my business plans and to make tasks pretty before they die.
In case foxes aren’t your jam:
7. Not Your Ordinary Pencils And Pens
I truly believe that colorful or inspiring tools will rub off on your writing. You are what you write with. No wait, you write what you write with.
Did you ever notice that the more you read, the better you write? Growing up, I always learned that the best writers are readers first. Stories inspire us, teach us how to write, and let us travel to multiple worlds and through many perspectives without even moving.
Back in my long commuter days, I barely had time to sit down and read books. However, those 2+-hour car rides proved perfect for audiobooks. Along with free library books from Overdrive and Hoopla, I took advantage of audible deals.
Not to mention I live on Amazon Prime. I love the discounts I find on amazon books and with two-day shipping, I am now happily drowning in my TBR pile.
I also love The New Yorker, The Economist, and Time Magazine. Magazine subscriptions are pretty cheap these days and support media channels that could use a little extra love.
9. Things That Obliterate Distractions Like
My Incessant Phone Checking
10. Literary Schwag
One of The Uncorked Librarian’s most popular blog posts included this gifts for book lovers that aren’t books list. Who doesn’t love literary schwag to wear around the house, drink from, and just stare at as we write and type away?
What else would you suggest as great gifts for writers and bloggers?
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