Gift Ideas for the Writer or Blogger on Your Holiday List

For the writer or blogger on your holiday shopping list, here are ideas to get you started. Some are inexpensive and many are available at a local bookstore such as Barnes & Noble on Rochester Road. Encourage a writer you know by giving a gift this holiday season.

Book Suggestions:

  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
  • Page by Page by Heather Sellers
  • Chapter by Chapter by Heather Sellers
  • What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter
  • Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street by Roni Schotter
  • Breathing In, Breathing Out by Ralph Fletcher
  • The Art and Craft of Storytelling by Nancy Lamb
  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  • If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland
  • Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore
  • The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
  • Making a Literary Life by Carolyn See
  • Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  • i Before e (except after c): Old-School Ways to Remember Stuff by Judy Parkinson
  • How to Become a Famous Writer before you’re Dead by Ariel Gore
  • Common Errors in English Usage by Paul Brians
  • Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty
  • Roget’s International Thesaurus
  • Writer’s Market 2013
  • WritersInc: A Student Handbook for Writing and Learning
  • The Associated Press Stylebook
  • On Writng: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
  • Any Book by a Local Michigan Author

Magazine Suggestions (single issue or subscription):

  • Poets & Writers
  • Writers’ Digest
  • The Writer
  • Genre Specific Publication for the Writer

Gift Certificates & Gift Cards to:

  • Bookstores (such as Barnes & Noble)
  • eBook Reader Credit
  • Office Max
  • Staples
  • Coffee Shops
  • Day Spa Treatment

Writers’ Accessories:

  • Spiral Journals (large, medium, small)
  • Moleskins (purse or pocket size notebooks)
  • Cross Roller Ball Pens
  • Fancy File Folders
  • Flash Drive Memory Stick
  • Business Card Holder
  • Mini Laptop Computer
  • External Hard Drive
  • Digital Voice Recorder
  • Software for Writers (such as Scrivener)
  • eBook Reader (such as the Nook)
  • Pocket Translator
  • Phone Tap to record phone interviews
  • Solar Charger for Cell Phones and Computers
  • Proofreader or Copy Editing services

This list was compiled by Michael Dwyer and the Freelancer Marketplace Writers’ Group which meets at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Rochester Hills on the third Tuesday of the month (except in December) at 7:30 p.m. Next meeting is January 15, 2013.

Rochester Hills resident, Michael Dwyer, is a published writer, broadcast journalist, and founder of The Rochester Writers’ Conference.

About Michael Dwyer

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