Gifts for Writers
Finding the right gifts for your writer friends can be a daunting task. You know they love books, but
which ones do they like, and even more importantly which ones do they have? Are books even what they want
right now? To help with your gift-giving needs, OnceWritten.com makes suggestions on some of the things we
think your writer friends will love. (Don't have any writer friends? Why not treat yourself, we'll never tell.)
Our Favorite Reference Books
You Can Have What You Want
A lot of self-help / self-actualization gurus (and their books) have left us feeling disappointed and ripped off. Not
so Michael Neill's book. He gives workable tips and examples of how to live your life to the fullest. This book is
especially great for writers who want more time, more energy or less procrastination to get the job done.
The Imagineering Workout
Written by the same people who are responsible for all aspects of Disney "creative," this book is a great solution for
"writers block." It provides bite-size, real-world ways to take a second look at problems you might be trying to solve.
Can't get your plot to move forward? Try some of the examples inside to get yourself unblocked.
Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui
Writers might just be the worst about keeping every single scrap of paper ever. If you or a friend could benefit from
a little space clearing, this is hands-down one of the best books you can own. Learn how with a little space clearing
you can open your life up to new and important opportunities.
Bird by Bird
If you're looking for a book about the "writing life," this is the one to get. Anne Lamott covers the many facets
of a writer's life, including my favorite section on jealousy (when others publish faster or to a larger sum
than you do). To help motivate your friends to keep going when all they can think is "I suck," this is the book to send.
Writers Market 2008
Can only afford one book this season? This is the must-have for all writers. More than "just" listings of potential
magazines and publishers, this book is jam-packed with advice on everything from query letters to editing your fiction.
This is sure to be the gift that gets the response, "oh cool, I've been wanting this."
Writers Digest Magazine
Simply put, this is the best magazine for writers and authors. Filled with tips and advice from those who've "made" it,
a year's subscription to this magazine is the perfect gift for writers.
Online Writing Courses
From fiction courses to classes about the business of writing, Writers Online Workshops provides a number of great ways
to help your writer friends improve their writing and get motivated.