Finding the Write Gift

Finding the Write Gift

Welcome back, loyal listeners! As Christmas draws near, you may find yourself looking for a gift to give to the writer in your life. Here are some great ideas for you. As always, you may listen and view below. Please be sure to subscribe and hit the “thumbs up” button on YouTube. It really helps out.


The best writing gift I ever got was a set of bookends. My wife’s grandmother got them for me long before I’d published anything. When I opened the gift, she looked me in the eye and said, “Those are to hold all the wonderful books that you’re going to write.” This happened nearly a decade ago, and I still have them. It was the best gift because of the thought behind it. It wasn’t a hollow gesture, but a profession of her belief in my abilities, and her support.

There is no better gift to give a writer than your love and support and belief. However, if you want something tangible to go along with that, to be a physical reminder of that appreciation and support, here are a few ideas.

  • Scrivener ( Fantastic writing software. Really good for discovery writers.
  • Aqua notes.
  • Audible subscription (
  • Craft books (see earlier podcasts here and here) + = Al’s top picks
    • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
    • On Writing by Stephen King +
    • Making Shapely Fiction by Jerome Stern
    • Naming the World by Bret Anthony Johnston
    • Mystery and Manners by Flannery O’Connor
    • Elements of Style by Strunk & White +
    • The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell (Jim has many good how-to books on writing.) +
    • Getting the Words Right by Theodore A. Rees Cheney +
    • On Writing Well by William Zinsser (Al: I like this guy so much I named a character after him.) +
    • Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
    • Also by Donald Maass,The Career Novelist.
    • Stein on Writing by Sol Stein
    • Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Albert Zuckerman
    • Sometimes the Magic Works by Terry Brooks +
    • How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy, Orson Scott Card
    • If books are out of print, visit They offer used books at great prices.
  • Story Starters and/or Writer’s Block Help
  • Bookends.
  • Mugs (or glasses/tumblers etc.)
  • Telescoping standing desk.
  • Extra monitor for their laptop. LOVE dual wielding monitors.
  • A vintage typewriter
  • Gift certificate to online retailer like
  • Basic supplies: printer ink, paper, red pens, notebooks, legal pads.
  • Inspirational resources (gift baskets!) themed along current WIP.
  • Non-writing distractions. Writers aren’t only writers. They are readers, crafters, movie watchers, eaters, drinkers, gamers. Give them a brain-break and something else to do.
  • The quirky gift: Find what your writer’s quirk or personal “thing” is (“the plate”) and add to their collection.
  • Music CDs or iTunes gift card.
  • Go big: contribute to travel funds, conferences, retreats.
  • Gift baskets.
  • ASK what they would like/need.

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