Great Gifts to Give a Writer

Hello, hello! There are some changes going on around the place at the moment here. I feel like I’m in a chrysalis¬†stage. Sometime soon I’m going to burst forth with a new and improved version of myself ūüėČ One of the small things I’ve started doing of late is that when I get asked what I do, I say I’m a writer.

A writer is someone who writes, right? (groan)

It felt weird at first to say, “I’m a writer”, but I’m growing into it. I think.

The next question is usually, what do you write?

At that point in the conversation, I’m usually rather cryptic¬†because I don’t want to jinx anything, but also because the potential for the story¬†to change is highly probable. Also, side note, I’ve been working on my elevator pitch for ages and for me this finally feels comfortable, if a little short. Ha, it’s clearly a short elevator ride right now.

I’m writing more than I ever have before and it is blowing my mind that I’ve stuck with it.

There are some things I use that make my¬†life easier and that I wouldn’t¬†be without. I’ve included these below.

There are other things I’ve included, in this gifts for writers article, which would help any writers life. I’ve not tried them, yet, but I intend to. Read on for gift ideas for the writer, blogger or budding novelist in your life.

thoughtful gifts for writers

Sticky notes/ Post-it notes

I go through so many of these and I’ve tried a few different brands too. I always come back to Post-it though as they seem to have a bit more sticky staying power than the others. Great for To-Do lists, word count targets, scenes or chapter shuffling,¬†messages for family members (send more coffee) and general notes.

Schrivener

This is something I haven’t tried yet and at the moment I feel like the learning curve would be too steep for the time frame I have. Having said that, Schrivener does tick a lot of my boxes. Its app-based and you write within it. You can store all research and notes in one place and also shuffle things around. I’m currently working on¬†Microsoft Word and I’m not a fan of it at the best of times. I’ll definitely¬†be using the free trial of Schrivener at some point soon.

Subscription to Writing Magazine

I first bought this magazine off the shelf last year when I was in the midst of my coaching. There was a great offer on a subscription within it so it seemed like a sign and I subscribed. Some months are better than others at Writing Magazine, but I love getting it through the door and reading all about the wider world of writing. This magazine covers so much and has loads of actionable¬†content. It’s a definite motivation boost¬†for me. Another one I’ve spotted recently is Mslexia magazine which is specifically for women writers.

Grammerly premium

This is another app which does all your spell checking and grammar¬†checking for you. I use the free version¬†at the moment, but there’s always room for improvement. I hate getting bogged down with spelling and grammar. I find it muddles up my creative flow, so having this tool in my arsenal¬†is helpful for me making progress.

Notebooks

This is self-explanatory, right? All writers are stationery fiends I’m sure.

Pens

Another self-explanatory one, but this pen especially. I write a lot in pencil but I’ve realised that pen is much more legible, even in my handwriting!

i am a great writer pen from paperchase perfect writer gift

Healthy snacks

Okay, so when I realised I’d be sat at my laptop for hours on end it felt like (dairy-free) chocolate was the only way I’d get through. After a while of doing this, I started to feel sluggish and bigger around my middle. I wasn’t moving around and I was eating way more than I needed to. So I looked into healthier nibbles and now have a mix of almonds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds on hand for those, I need a nibble, moments. I’ve got lots of herbal teas in too, as too much caffeine hinders rather than helps me. Although I do have coffee, I’m trying not to have too much.

Comfy and Warm clothes

Being uncomfortable and/or cold does not help when writing. You need distraction-free clothes. Jogging bottoms or yoga pants, thermal socks (if you’re in the UK!) and layers on top. My house gets cold and layers work best. A Tee shirt with a shirt over with a cardigan over that. I’ve even worn a scarf before now. I’ve seen some wrist warmers too which still allow you to type.

thoughtful gifts for writers

Time to Write

This is the biggy, isn’t it? How to find the time to write. The truth is no one has time to write. Unless you’re Stephen King.

You have to carve up the rest of your day and create the time to write. In terms of giving this as a gift, you could take the kids swimming on a weekend morning and give your partner that guaranteed time each weekend or treat your writer to a couple of nights in a local hotel with the aim of getting a large chunk of work done. Perhaps find your writer friend a local creative writing group and insist they attend. Improvise and see if you can give them some time, or go to the next point…

A writers retreat or festival ticket

If you want to invest in your writing or give the gift of time for your beloved writer, then perhaps a residential writing retreat like Arvon who have several sites in the UK would help. There Literary Festivals all over too, you just need to look for them (hello Google) Or maybe a Summer Writing School like Swanwick is the perfect writers’ gift you’ve been looking for.

 

Do any of these float your boat? Let me know in the comments.

I’ll write about my favourite¬†books about writing in a future post because they make great gifts too, but clearly need a list of their own.

22 Comments

  1. April 25, 2018 / 9:53 am

    Pens and books are my favorite gifts to offer! I look forward for your fav books for writers ūüôā

    • Susie
      Author
      April 26, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      Yes and they are such a thoughtful but affordable gift. Thanks for your visit!

  2. April 25, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    Grammarly can be an absolute lifesaver, especially with all the little plugins you can get. And comfy clothes are essential – if you’re going to be sat down in front of your computer (or notepad) for hours, you want to make sure you’re comfy. Great list!

    Matt | It’s Matt Thompson

    • Susie
      Author
      April 26, 2018 / 8:56 pm

      Thanks so much Matt! I defo have my writing clothes now, I just don’t like answering the door in them!

    • Susie
      Author
      April 26, 2018 / 8:55 pm

      Ah I think I’ll have to get it wont I! Thanks for stopping by x

  3. April 25, 2018 / 4:29 pm

    I’m loving seeing your transformation into a writing butterfly. You have certainly hit the nail on the head with some of your ideas too, with the healthy snacks being right up there for me. It is so easy to grab the wrong kind of thing when you take a moment away from your writing to get something to eat. Thank you also for highlighting Writing Magazine, I have it in my (many) tabs to have a look at once I have finished procrastinating.

    I look forward to hearing more about your writing journey and that ever-evolving elevator pitch too.

    • Susie
      Author
      April 26, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      Oh thanks so much, Sarah! That means a lot to me, worth trying the magazine I say!

  4. Kirsty
    April 27, 2018 / 8:15 am

    This is such s lovely post and such nice ideas!!!! Thanks for this susie xxxx

    • Susie
      Author
      April 28, 2018 / 11:45 am

      Ah thanks Kirsty! Have a great weekend x

  5. April 27, 2018 / 4:47 pm

    Great list! Like you i use faithful post its but I’m intrigued by Scrivener. I also subscribe to mslexia magazine which I’m enjoying so far. I really, really want that pen too! x

    • Susie
      Author
      April 28, 2018 / 11:44 am

      Oh great, I’ll have to subscribe! And yes, literally the pen of dreams!

  6. April 29, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    Well these are some fab tips to get aid your writing skills! I need to start digging into healthy snacks too! X

    • Susie
      Author
      April 29, 2018 / 7:50 pm

      Ah thanks Lori! Nuts are so good! Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend x

  7. May 1, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    Y’know these tips are great for writers/bloggers/anyone sat at a pc all day. Very good advice as a lot of time is wasted getting up to get things when you could have it all organised. Great to see you are still writing – I can’t wait to read your first book!

    • Susie
      Author
      May 3, 2018 / 4:09 pm

      Thanks so much Lucy! Feel like I’m in a marathon!

  8. May 2, 2018 / 2:27 pm

    Haven’t heard of those two magazines before – I’ll definitely be looking those up. And wouldn’t a couple of nights in a hotel be just bliss! You’d have to avoid netflicks though haha. x

    • Susie
      Author
      May 3, 2018 / 4:09 pm

      HAhaha- yes it’s a no-frills hotel obvs ūüėČ

  9. May 2, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    I love that you don’t like to tell people what you are writing in case you jinx it ! I am always like that about anything I have planned and am looking forward to.
    Great gift ideas. I think it has to be essential to be comfy and warm.

    • Susie
      Author
      May 3, 2018 / 4:08 pm

      Yes it certainly is! Thanks so much

  10. May 6, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    I’d be absolutely made up with all of these as gifts! One to add to the list also, fingerless gloves! They’ve been my godsend! I don’t know about you but I am an obsessive notebook collector. I just can’t help myself haha!

    • Susie
      Author
      May 8, 2018 / 1:15 pm

      I can totally see myself getting some fingerless gloves! Great shout!