My fellow Wickeds, what is the perfect gift for a writer? Aside from more time for revisions, a dependable muse, and more books sales that is.
Sherry: Pens. I love pens, any kind, any color ink. I love them even though I usually write on my computer these days. And I guess some tablets to go with the pens — something basic like a lawyers pads.
Jessie: Notebooks! I love, love love Rhodia pads. The high quality paper is smooth and creamy but the notebooks still feel approachable. They are staple bound with a paper cover and don’t look like they are too nice to be written in. I buy them in bulk from Dick Blick and I crack open a new one for each new writing project.
Edith: I love the Murder Ink sticky notepad Barb gave us each last year. A perfect gift for a mystery writer, with Dead Fred bleeding out through his pierced heart. Okay, we’re strange, we crime writers. Acknowledged!
In the Wishful Thinking department, I think any writer would love the gift of a weekly or even monthly cleaning service. Right, ladies?
Liz: Okay, I love pens, notebooks and Dead Fred too, but I’m going in a different direction. Etsy has the coolest gifts for writers who love jewelry, from the Banned Books Bracelet to the Nancy Drew bracelet. One of my fave gifts ever is my Whodunnit bracelet.
Barb: Isn’t it funny the way most writers love stationery and pens? Our friend Ramona DeFelice Long has been on a retreat with both writers and visual artists and she reported, “Visual artists get as excited about Home Depot as writers do about Staples.” I thought for a moment and then realized, “Of course they do.” As for the source of Dead Fred, I heartily recommend the Bas Bleu catalog for those buying for either readers or writers.
Julie: Love these suggestions! I am a Levenger dreamer. Beautiful tools for writers. But honestly, if Staples had a coffee shop, I’d be thrilled. I could spend all day in there. Will say, for beginner writers, classes and books like Plot Perfect are a great gift. Helping them find their community is also a great gift–like pointing them to Sisters in Crime, or RWA, or other writer’s organizations.
Readers: What do you think a writer would like? Do you have any on your “to-give” list?