Writer Gift Ideas

It’s getting to be that time of year again to think about the writers in your life, and what to get them. Here is a list of suggested ideas you might enjoy. (Some are affiliate links but you can look them up yourself if you like);

A subscription to Writer’s Digest Magazine provides ample information and incentive for the writer in your life. I’ve found each and every magazine provided valuable information on writing craft as well as publishing in today’s market. $19 year)

Also consider any number of books by Writer’s Digest on the topics of writing, publishing, and marketing.

The Writer’s Market can help the writer in your life to look at publishing markets. Each year, Writer’s Digest released a new book, so you might be able to find a previous year. Ideally, you would want to give a current copy to have fresh markets. ($20)

A fancy fountain pen offers support in a writer’s craft. It doesn’t have to be specifically a fountain pen, but a special or high-end pen they can use. ($15)

 

A pen holder is perfect for the writer who carries a notebook around with them. These easy stick on pen clips are perfect to affix to any notebook, journal, or book.

 

Notebooks come in many shapes, sizes, and covers to choose from. Moleskin notebooks include lined, dotted, or blank pages for journaling or writing, or select of the special notebooks listed in my online store.

Mug with quote are perfect for writers. This is just one example, but you can get mugs with specific quotes and graphics on them, or even design your own mug through sites like Zazzle or Cafepress.

Some other ideas include:

T-shirts with quotes on them. These are always popular. If the writer in your life has a book published, consider having a t-shirt made with their book cover and title put on the shirt so they can show it off.

Books (printed or ebooks) that help with the craft of writing, publishing, or marketing of the writer’s specific genre.

Storymatic Classic is a game writers can use to prompt their writing.

 

 The Writer’s Toolbox is another writer inspired game that uses cards and popsicle sticks with prompts and plot ideas.

What’s on your wishlist this year? Post in comments.

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Link: NaNoWriMo Bullet Journal

Linkshare- NaNoWriMo Bullet Journal

National Novel Writing Month is closing in fast, so I wanted to share links and resources for my fellow writers that will endure the NaNoWriMo.

Keeping a journal not only helps keep you on track, but it turns into a resource book to keep on hand at your desk. Boho Berry provides some nice tips, showing you some of her pages, and many can be worked at any time of the year, not just November.

Her channel provides many tips for planners, so if you want to get into bullet journaling and planners, this is good resource.

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Multiple Blogging

MultipleBloggingThere are times I take on too many projects, or in my case, blogs. I thought you might find them interesting, but also, I wanted to share the idea that writers, or would-be authors, might benefit from blogging on their interests.

writersjourneyA Writer’s Journey is this blog, that focuses on the writer audience. I share resources, links, video, and my own journey with writing that includes publishing but also the craft of writing. Embedded in The Western MD Writers site. www.westernmdwriters.com

moonshadowMoon and Shadow focuses on the pagan (earth centered religions) traditions including ritual, beliefs, crafts, and activities that celebrate the pagan religion. I focus on the elements of faith to help guide and balance our lives.

lpcblogLearnthepc.net Blog is my business blog where I share tips and hacks, reviews, and other technology related topics. This is embedded in my web site Learnthepc.net.

mlaAnd finally, My Life is an Adventure, my personal blog, which I occasional post about my life and interests. This is linked to my web site SharonPoffinberger.com.


So you might be asking yourself “How the heck does she do all that?” Well, sadly, I don’t. I tend to ignore posting regularly like I should. But I can share tips that I intend on following.

  • Schedule your writing. Blogging should be done regularly, but however you wish to blog is up to you. You can post daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, but be consistent.
  • Brainstorm topics to write about. This is easy for me, and I keep a folder under my browser bookmarks entitled ‘blog ideas’. This includes topics specific to each blog as well as ideas to spark more ideas. I also keep a notebook for ideas I want to write about each month.
  • Vary the length of your posts. Consider mixing longer posts with shorter posts. Some blogging can include only mentioning a link to a resource, or a graphic you wish to share with your readers.
  • Quality over quantity. I notice many great blogs include quality posts that might be infrequent, as opposed to many posts that can overwhelm the reader.
  • Topic consistency. Unlike my personal blog which tends to cover topics from homeschool, to pagan topics, to writing, to funny things that interest me, a good blog should focus on a genre of ideas.
  • Call to action. This area I tend to forget or not do for various reasons. It sounds so ‘salesy’ to me, like I’m hawking wares on a street corner or something. Blogs generally ask readers to do something such as share links to the post/blog, to join a mailing list, to subscribe, or take some sort of action that benefits the blogger. It’s a good idea, but I don’t like blogs/sites that pop up messages demanding I do this so I don’t on my blogs/sites.

Do you blog? Share in comments. Do you blog more than one blog? Let me know. I’d be curious your experiences and advice you’d like to share.

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The joy and woe of Morning Pages

IMG_0099I’m once again trying the activity of Morning Pages. Julia Cameron of The Artist’s Way suggests taking some time each morning to write three pages, in long land, to provide clarity, ease anxiety, and clear out the cobwebs.

This is a great idea, except I’m not a morning person. I don’t wake up with anxiety, or thoughts, or anything but morning grumpiness. The last thing I want to do is slog through the process of long hand to write three pages worth of blithering. Three pages can take me quite a bit of time that I could otherwise be writing something I enjoy.

But I’m doing it anyway because I want to improve my handwriting and hope to find some insight, clarity, or, (dare I dream?), realization of myself.

Tips to morning pages:

Pick a journal with pages that fit your size. Currently I’m using a large spiral notebook but realized on Day 2 of morning pages that this is a bit too much to try to write three pages each and every morning. I would suggest a small notebook with lines that fit the time and effort you will put into your pages.

Pick a quality pen. For me, I prefer the chunkier size pens to fit my hand better, but the quality of ink is also important. My choice is the Bic four-color ink pen. The ink flows well, and the size feels good.  Sometimes I switch to another color for a change of pace. You may prefer a gel pen, erasable pen, or just a lovely pen to use for your morning pages.


This is my pen of choice with four different inks to choose from and a thick barrel. You can find various colors, but this one has black, blue, red, and green.

A fountain pen= I never used one of these types of pen, but they are pretty. You can get very expensive (over $200) to this more affordable model.
Erasable gel pens. I’ve considered this type, in case of mistakes. Gel pens can make pages sticky, but they come in so many colors that are bright/clear.
LED Night writing pens. I love this idea- a light for your pen so you can write in a dark room!

Make Morning Pages a ritual. This can include making a cup of coffee or tea, lighting a candle or incense, even saying a little prayer (to  your writer’s muse) for inspiration.

Integrate the Freewriting or Pomodoro techniques. Freewriting is writing for 10-15 minutes without stopping. This includes no corrections, no formatting, and no grammar/punctuation concerns. You just write nonstop.

Pomodoro technique is using a timer of 25 minute increments with 5 minute breaks between to get things done.

Adjust accordingly. I don’t believe in things being ‘one-size-fits-all’. This means if Morning Pages becomes too grueling, it’s okay to stop. Remember the goal- clarity, insight, and for me, improving my longhand. If your goals are not being met, it is okay to adjust the activity or even stop. Do only one page, write for time instead of the number of pages, or find another medium of writing/

What do you think: Have you tried morning pages? Do you think you will try it? Post in comments below.

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