Monday, December 07, 2015
What To Give a Writer
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