Category Archives: Inspiration

The 10 Best Gifts for Writers (Birthday Edition)

With another birthday come and gone, it got me thinking: what are some of the perfect gifts for writers? If you’re a writer looking for ideas for yourself, or you have writer friends with a birthday coming up and aren’t sure what to get them, then here’s a list that’ll hopefully spark the perfect gift idea!

1.) Gift Cards

You can’t go wrong with a gift card! They’re simple, yet so effective. Gift cards to places like Barnes & Nobles, Amazon, or Target are the perfect place to stock up on more books or favorite writing supplies.

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2.) Books

Or, if you know exactly what your friend likes to read, then get them a book! Books make the perfect gift; just make sure you know exactly what your friend wants, or you could end up accidentally getting them duplicates of books they already own!

Another great book gift is to get them a special edition of a book they already love, or even a box set of their favorite series.

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3.) Journals

What writer doesn’t love a journal? Whether they like to use it for, you know – actually journaling – or writing down plot ideas, blogging schedules, or writing routines, you can’t go wrong with a journal!

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4.) Writerly Mugs

Whatever their favorite drink, a mug is always fun. Writing quotes, grammar rules, Shakespeare insults, you name it – there’s bound to be a writerly themed mug for it!

Cafépress.com has some of the best mugs available!

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5.) Bookends

Writers are known for having lots of book, and book ends are perfect. Not only will they spice up a bookshelf, but they’re pretty cool to look at, and they’re the perfect writer themed decoration to liven up any room.

(I personally have my eye on the Game of Thrones Dragon Eggs Bookends)

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6.) Writer Coloring Books

Forget about the stigma of adults coloring! Coloring is one of the most relaxing and stress-releasing activities there is. In the past couple of years, some awesome YA themed coloring books have been released, and they’re an amazing gift!

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7.) Wick and Fables Candles

I haven’t personally used these, but I’ve heard they’re amazing! Candles inspired by your favorite books and favorite characters is sure to brighten any writer’s day! Not only can you shop for individual candles, but you can also subscribe to their monthly boxes!

Seriously, who doesn’t love a good candle?

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8.) Owl Crate Subscription

For just $29.99 USD, you can buy your friend a subscription to Owl Crate! They also offer three and six month prepay, if you’re feeling generous. Owl Crate is the leading young adult subscription box on the market. They gift you every month with a new YA release, bookish keepsakes, exclusive items from authors and publishers, and so much more They also offer Owl Crate Jr. for the Middle Grade readers out there.

I haven’t personally used Owl Crate, but I’ve heard nothing but good things, and even I’m tempted to sign up!

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9.) Masterclass Subscription

With a payment of $180 for an all-access pass, or $90 for a single Masterclass, you can gift your writer friend with this amazing opportunity. Detailed classes taught by Dan Brown, R.L. Stine, Judy Blume, James Patterson, and so many other successful writers have available classes on the Masterclass website. Not only is the price point affordable for such a class, but you get life-time access that never expires.

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10.) Workshop

Writing Workshops can range from $100 – $800 or more, and cover a myriad of topics like: Writing Women’s Fiction, 12 Weeks to a First Draft, Advanced Novel Writing, Focus on the Short Story, and so much more. There’s bound to be a topic your writing friend is interested in, whether they’re looking to get a certification, or level up their writing craft.
While Workshops are on the more expensive side, they’re definitely a more personalized and special gift. You can look more into workshops with resources like:

Catapult Classes
24PearlStreet
Writer’s Digest University
Gotham Writers Workshop

I personally asked for a specific workshop as a birthday gift, and I’ve really been enjoying it!

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Whatever your budget, or your writing friend is interested in, I hope this list gives you a better idea of finding the perfect gift for all your writer friends out there!


Have you personally bought any items on these list or taken a Masterclass? Let me know in the comments!

XOXO – Devon

My Top 10 Favorite Quotes About Writing

We all know that being a writer has its ups and downs, and sometimes we need a little motivation in our lives when things get tough. When I’m feeling down, I read some of my favorite writing quotes to pick myself back up. I hope these work for you too!


#1: “The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.”
― Terry Pratchett

#2: “You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”
― Jodi Picoult

#3: “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
― Anton Chekhov

#4: “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
— Richard Bach

#5: “People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.”
— R.L. Stine

#6: “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
― Stephen King

#7: “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
― Ray Bradbury

#8: “This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.”
― Neil Gaiman

#9: “I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.”
― Isaac Asimov

#10: “The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.”
― Ernest Hemingway


What are your favorite writing quotes? Let me know in the comments!

XOXO – Devon

3 Writers Who Inspire Me

In this world of writing we all love, self-doubt, rejection, and author jealousy are all things we suffer from, and no one is immune. We all have our days where we just want to throw in the towel and call it quits when it comes to writing. But here’s three authors whose stories continue to inspire me to this day, and without their persistence, may never have become the successful authors they are now.


 
1.) JK Rowling
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Are you surprised?

Everyone should know that JK Rowling is best known for her world-wide phenomena Harry Potter series. In multiple interviews, JK Rowling tells how the story for Harry Potter suddenly popped into her head one day while she was riding the train. Since then, she focused hard on her idea, developing it into the wizarding world we all know and love.

But she never gave up. Despite her rejections, and living with hardly any income while trying to raise a child, she continued to persist in getting her story into the world.
If she hadn’t, who knows where she would be? And beyond that, who knows where her readers would be?

2.) Stephen KingStephen_king-coming-to-boulder

Contrary to popular belief, Carrie wasn’t actually Stephen King’s first novel. It was his fourth, but Carrie was the first to be published. He began writing it is a short story, and frustrated, he tossed the first three pages into the trash. His wife fished them out and encouraged him to continue.

We all know what happened next. King became one of the world’s most successful authors and master of horror. Had King given up after his first, second, or even third book, he probably wouldn’t be where he is today.

3.) Amanda Hocking3486415

In 2010, Amanda Hocking began self-publishing her first books, and gained massive success with her My Blood Approves series. By 2011, her nine self-published books began earning her millions and she averaged on 9,000 book sales each day.

Frustrated with her constant rejection from agents and publishers, Hocking turned to the self-publishing world in an effort to get her books into reader’s hands. Since then, she’s signed with a traditional publisher, and her newer series have released in brick and mortar stores.

As frustrating as it can be to go the traditional route of publishing, giving up without trying all your options benefits no one, and I think Hocking’s success story represents that.


I find all three of these authors inspiring for the same reason: they never gave up. Despite their failures, their self-doubts, and the rejections – they all continued to work hard and pursue their dreams. And as hard as the writing world can be, it’s important to remember that giving up doesn’t get you anywhere in life.

“Each rejection brings us closer to acceptance.”
– Ramesh Lohia

XOXO – Devon