What To Give a Writer

Monday, December 07, 2015
It’s time for my annual holiday what-to-give-a-writer words of wisdom.

At first, I was a little stumped. I mean, I covered a lot of good stuff last year in “A Wish List for the Nice Writer.” And maybe you remember them all, but just in case you need a refresher:

· Permission to take time to write
· A writing class (like the ones we have here at WOW!)
· A professional critique
· Membership in a writing organization

But wait! The year before that, I covered the extra-special wonderfulness of the book review in “One Size Fits All Writer Gift.” So honestly, I had to dig deep to find more gift ideas. Thank goodness, I have long arms.

Literary Love, Part I

Oh, I just love writerish jewelry, don’t you? (Why is bookish a word but writerish not a word? Hmmph.) I have a pair of typewriter key earrings, one a “C” and one an “H” that I purchased from an artsy writer friend. Which brings me to my gift idea: show your love and support by purchasing gifts from your writer friends!

I have lots of writer friends who are creative in lots of different ways. Some make jewelry while others craft in fabric or sell their illustrations on mugs or in prints. Their creativity allows me to buy affordable one-of-a-kind gifts, not something I’ll see in every rack in every store. Plus, the gift has special meaning for me, knowing a friend made it. I treasure gifts like my earrings. And P.S. I also gift my friend every time I wear the earrings by promoting her business!

Literary Love, Part II

I also have writer friends who market their services. They’re editors, mentors, and teachers. They can help with anything from writing to website building. Some work on their own while others work through organizations or companies. I’m sure to find the specialized gift I need and best of all, I get to work with a friend!

And I can give my friends another gift, when I take the time to provide a great review on their services. Here’s where social media comes in handy, to tell the world what great editors, mentors and teachers are out there! A personal recommendation can make a big difference.

T'is the season, writers. Now go forth and spread a little cheer (and business)!

~Cathy C. (Deck the) Hall


Sioux Roslawski said...

Cathy--We writers love our writerly and artsy craftsy gifts.

Thanks for the link. I've already checked out your friend's work. She makes cute things.

Cathy C. Hall said...

She does, Sioux! SO many writers are gifted in different ways. We might as well cash in on that bounty, right? :-)

Tracey M. Cox said...

Great post, Cathy! We gotta love our writerly/artsy friends and show our love!

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Yes, yes, yes and yes. To everything you said!

Suzanne Lilly said...

Wonderful ideas, Cathy! I especially like the idea of buying from writer friends. So many writers are also artisans, and I love to buy gifts from them.

Linda O'Connell said...

I too love writerly gifts. You should see what Sioux can do with a spoon! Creativity is not just spilled onto a page.

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