Personalized Leather Bookmark Father's Day Gift

15 Bookish Father’s Day Gifts for Dad Readers

Some dads are addicted to reading, and those guys want fun book-themed gifts for Father’s Day. We’ve rounded up a variety of fun, practical, and funny These literary gifts for Father’s Day are great for writers, librarians, literature teachers, English professors, and any dad who’s a big book nerd.

Father’s Day Gifts for Book Lovers

1. Vintage Book Cover Coasters

Vintage Book Cover Coasters

This is the most stylish way to protect your coffee table from glass rings. This set of stone coasters features the covers of classic vintage books. Since each set is made to order, you can pick what books are included from 20 options or request they make a custom coaster of your dad’s favorite books. Available in sets of 4, 6, or 8.

2. Library Card Socks

A throwback to the old days when Dad had to keep track of his checked-out library books with a date stamped card. The cotton blend socks feature a vintage library card print in a subtle but fun design.

3. Book Tie

Book Tie Father's Day Gift

Ties are a classic Father’s Day gift and this one is perfect for book lovers. A subtle design, the print on this tie features open books. Great for wearing to work or formal occasions.

4. Neck Reading Light

For the dad who stays up too late reading, this book light doesn’t require clipping onto the book. Instead, you wear it around your neck and the LED lights are directed at the book pages. Works great for the times when mom wants to go to sleep while dad can’t put his book down.

5. Books Tie Clip

Books Tie Clip Father's Day Reader Gift

Another subtle way for Dad to show his love of reading. This tie clip features a stack of books. It’s the perfect way for a book worm to show their literary side at work or fancy dress events. Comes in a gift box ready for giving.

6. Bookmarks are for Quitters Mug

This funny mug is a must-have for bookworm dads. It says “Bookmarks are for quitters.” This 15 oz. ceramic mug is dishwasher safe. Include some of your father’s favorite coffee or tea to create a gift bag he’ll really appreciate.

7. Personalized Leather Bookmark

Personalized Leather Bookmark Father's Day Gift

If your dad occasionally has to “quit” a book, this is the most stylish way to do it. Peace Finds Design makes these amazing leather bookmarks. Each one is fully customizable and made to order. Select from eight different color options and have it engraved with a name, favorite saying, personal message, initials, or even symbols.

Check out more unique bookmarks for readers.

8. My Weekend is All Booked T-Shirt

This fun t-shirt is perfect for fathers who are mostly introverts. This funny t-shirt says, “My Weekend is All Booked.” It’s great to wear on a lazy weekend spent reading books.

9. Custom Book Cufflinks

Custom Book Cufflinks Father's Day Gift

This unique gift will delight your book loving dad. From New Leaf creates these literary cufflinks with the cover of your dad’s favorite book. Just send them a picture of the cover and they recreate it as an awesome cufflink handmade from polymer clay.

10. Thumb Book Page Holder

This handy little reading accessory is perfect for the reader dad who likes to have on hand free while he reads. Maybe he’s sipping coffee, wine, or a nice whiskey. Or he likes to read while he eats. This book holder has a groove for your thumb and lets you hold a book open easily with minimal effort.

11. Romeo & Julienne Cutting Board

If your dad enjoys cooking or grilling, he’ll love this book-ish cutting board. Made from solid beech wood, it’s designed to to look like a book that says “Romeo & Julienne” on the spin. Store it on the shelf with your cookbooks.

Check out more gifts for Shakespeare lovers.

12. When I Think About Books I Touch My Shelf Whiskey Glass

If your dad enjoys a nice drink at the end of a long day while he reads a book, then this rocks glass is the perfect gift. It’s engraved with the funny message “When I think about books I touch myself.” Include a bottle of his favorite whisky and he’ll really appreciate the gift.

13. Polymer Clay Book Keychain

Polymer Clay Book Keychain Gift for Father's Day

This simple gift is a fun way for dad to show his love of books. Handcrafted by Magy makes these cool miniate hardcover books out of polymer clay and turns them into keychains.

14. Edgar Allan Poe Bobblehead

Dad’s dashboard will be empty no more with this cool tribute to author and poet Edgar Allan Poe. This resign figure feature Poe with his quill, books, and the classic raven.

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15. Custom Home Library Book Stamp

Help dad personalize his collection of books with this unique gift. This stamp is customized with your choice of design and your father’s name so he can instantly inscribe his books with “From the Library of…”

Still searching for the perfect literary gift? Try our megalist of gifts for readers. Consider these gardening gifts for Father’s Day, movie gifts for Father’s Day, and meditation and yoga gifts for Father’s Day.

Wordle Game Earrings Gift Ideas

20 Must Have Gifts for Wordle Addicts

Either you know what it means when your friends and family post grey, yellow, and green boxes on their social media or I’m going to need you to explain how you got to this article. Wordle is the newest word puzzle craze and the people who love it really love it. So if you’ve got a Wordle lover in your life, you know they need an amazing Wordle gift. Here are some of our favorite gifts for Wordle addicts, from the funny to the practical.

Must Have Gifts for Wordle Addicts

1. Wordle Game Earrings

Wordle Game Earrings Gift Ideas

This is a fun gift for a Wordle loving mom, girlfriend, or wife. These fun earrings each feature a Wordle game. You can pick a matching set or two different Wordle games. Available as fishhook earrings or clip-ons.

2. Wordle Slider Game Tool

Wordle Slider Game Tool

This gadget is ingenious and the perfect tool to help people who struggle sometimes with coming up with 5 letter words. This wooden tool features five slots for letters and letter pieces that slide up and down to help you form words. It’s great for people who are visual learners.

3. Dabble Word Game

If you want to give a gift that lets the Wordle Addict in your life play with others, Dabble is the perfect game. Two to four players compete against each other to take 20 letter tiles and form them into five words. It uses similar skills to Wordle, but allows you to play with friends and family. Meant for players 8 years old and up, the whole family can enjoy this fun word game.

4. Wordle Beer Can Glass

Wordle Beer Can Glass Gift Idea

This Wordle gift is unique in two ways. First, it’s a cool glass shaped like a beer can, the perfect way to enjoy a beer or a cold beverage after work. Also, it has a Wordle game on the side with the message “But first, WORDLE.” This 16 oz. glass features a vinyl design.

5. Boggle Word Game

Boggle is a classic game that takes a traditional word search and turns it into a competition. Mix the letters up and set the timer, then see how many words you can find. Whoever finds the most words wins.

6. Wordle Socks

Wordle Crew Socks Gift Idea

The classic grid of green, yellow, and gray squares has been translated to a cool sock design! These crew socks are a fun and subtle way to honor their favorite word game. These make a great “stocking” stuffer, too! Available in small, medium, and large sizes.

7. Wordle Hat

Wordle Hat Baseball Cap Gift

This fun baseball cap is a great way to show Wordle love! This hat is embroidered with a Wordle game on the cuff. Made to order, it’s available in 12 different color options.

8. Phew Wordle Mug

Phew Wordle Mug Gift Idea

All Wordlers know the stress of getting to their last guess and the relief of finally getting the word! This mug features 6 lines of Wordle, with the word guess in the last round, with the text “Phew.” This 11 oz ceramic mug can also be customized with the name of your Wordler. Include some of their favorite coffee or tea to create a gift set they’ll really appreciate.

9. NYT A Puzzle a Day Crosswords

If your Wordler enjoys the daily nature of Wordle, this collection of crossword puzzles from the New York Times will scratch that itch. It comes with 365 crosswords, one for each day of the year. They can challenge their word skill as they try to complete each puzzle.

10. Wordle Pajama Set

Wordle Pajama Set Gift Idea

What better way to cozy up and play some Wordle than in a pair of Wordle pajamas. This women’s pajama set comes with a shirt and shorts printed with the classic green, yellow, and gray Wordle squares. Available in sizes small through 2X-large.

11. Wordle Enamel Pin

Wordle Enamel Pin Gift Idea

This cute little Wordle gift is a fun way to show love for the game. Perfect to pin on a jacket or a bag, this enamel pin features a Wordle game. 2.4 cm long by 1.6 cm wide. Great stocking stuffer for Wordle fans.

12. Wordle Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Wordle Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Stay hydrated while showing your love of wordle. This stainless steel water bottle is 17 oz and insulated for hot or cold drinks. It features a winning Wordle game printed on the side. Handwash only.

13. Custom Wordle Art Print

Custom Wordle Art Print

This Wordle gift can be really meaningful when you personalize it for your loved one. These custom art prints can be made with any 5 letter words or names that you choose. Memorialize a tricky game, an inside joke, or a special memory. The poster comes as a digital download that you can print and frame.

14. Wordle Notebook

Wordle Spiral Notebook Journal

Keep track of your Wordle wins or strategize the best five letter starters words with this journal. This spiral notebook features a Wordle game with clever word guesses. Dimensions 5.25″ × 8.25″ with 140 dotted pages.

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15. Wordle Wallet Wristlet

Wordle Wallet Wristlet Gift Idea

This cute wristlet shows the world what a Wordle master you are! Featuring a Wordle game where you get in three rounds, this faux leather wallet fits in a purse or backpack. You can also buy the optional strap to carry it as a wristlet with all the essentials.

16. Wordle Board Game

Now you can bring your Wordle obsession to the real world–and play against your friends! Designed for 2-4 players, one player writes down a five letter word while the others try to guess the word. This game uses dry erase game boards and green and yellow playing pieces to duplicate the online gameplay.

17. Handmade Crochet Wordle Plushie

Handmade Crochet Wordle Plushie Gift Idea

You won’t find another Wordle gift as unique as this. The Lady Kay Designs handmakes these crochet Wordle plushies. They take the classic word game and turn it into an adorable creature. Perfect for cuddling up with while you play Wordle. Made from 100% cotton yarn. 6.5″ wide by 5″ high by 1.5″ deep.

18. “It’s That Kinda Day” Wordle Fail Sticker

"It's That Kinda Day" Wordle Fail Sticker Gift Idea

Any Wordle addict knows the devistation of being stuck with one letter unsolved and failing. This sticker fully captures that experience with the text “It’s that kinda day.” This vinyl sticker is available in a 3″or 4″ size.

19. Wordle Tote Bag

Wordle Tote Bag Gift for Wordle Addicts

Add a splash of Wordle to your day-to-day life with this cute and practical tote bag. This bag features black cotton handles and is fully printed with Wordle squares. Available in three sizes.

20. Wordle Nerdle Pin

Wordle Nerdle Pin

This pin features a fun wordplay–calling your love one a Wordle Nerdle. Great to pin to a backpack or jacket, this bold and uniquely illustrated pin by Faye Finn makes a funny stocking stuffer.

Looking for more gift ideas for a word-obsessed loved one? Check out gifts for Scrabble lovers and board games for book lovers.

How to Find Time to Read (Even When You're Busy)

How to Find Time to Read (Even When You’re Busy)

Reading is an activity worth making time for. Not only is it good for your brain, but it’s an enjoyable pastime. But even book lovers can struggle with finding time to read. Day to day life is busy, full of long workdays, endless errands, and chores. Squeezing some quality reading time into your day can be a challenge. Try these tips to find time to read–even when you’re really busy.

How to Find Time to Read (Even When You’re Busy)

How to Find Time to Read in Your Busy Schedule

Build Reading Time into Your Schedule

Sometimes the issue isn’t that there’s no extra time, it’s just that you can’t quite make the time to read. Maybe you forget that reading is an option when you’re easily distracted by binging the latest shows. If you make reading a part of your regular routine, it will not only be easier to remember to read, but also become a natural part of your day. Reading before bed is a common choice for many people. It’s a great way to wind down and it’s better to stay away from screens right before sleep.

If you’re having a hard time finding the time to fit reading into your daily schedule, check out our next tips for ideas on when you can read.

Pick Books You Actually Want to Read

You’re an adult.* You can read whatever you want. Forget the book clubs, the classics, or the boring trendy books that everyone is reading but you have no interest in. If you’re not excited about a book, you’re not going to want to take the time to read it. Even if you’ve started a book and you’re not enjoying it, ditch it. You don’t have to finish it. Your reading time is precious and you shouldn’t waste it.

If you’re reading a book you’re excited about, you will find yourself picking it up more. You may even grab your book instead of grabbing your remote control. And throw away any preconceived notions about what you “should” or “shouldn’t” read. Love YA? Fill your TBR pile with tons of YA. Prefer comics? Get some graphic novels. Want to be swept away? Grab some steamy romances. Who cares. Reading time is for you and you deserve to read whatever you want.

*If you’re a teen or kid, you may have assigned readings from school, but you should definitely use your free time to read whatever you want.

How to Find Time to Read (Even When You're Busy)

Step Outside Your Normal Routine

If you find it hard to break your daily habits like watching TV after work or scrolling through social media, sometimes you need to step outside that routine to find reading time. Consider going to a cafe, turning off your phone, and reading a book while you enjoy a cappuccino. The park is another excellent place for reading time. Find a bench, absorb some vitamin D, and read a few pages from your book. And, of course, the library is a free, quiet place that’s perfect for reading time.

Listen to Audiobooks While You Do Chores

I love audiobooks because they make it easy to read while doing other things. Yes, audiobooks count as reading! And they can add hours of reading time to your day. One of the best times to listen to audiobooks is while doing household chores. Your hands can wash the dishes while your mind is transported into the world of the story.

Audiobooks are incredibly accessible these days thanks to our smartphones. You can get a membership with a service like Audible to access a variety of novels and non-fiction audiobooks.

Also, check with your local library. Many of them offer access to the Libby app where you can check out ebooks and audiobooks for free.

Swap Social Media Scrolling for eBooks

Social media addiction is a common issue these days. Sometimes I pick up my phone and automatically open Twitter or Instagram without even thinking. Time on social media is usually time wasted, so if you swap that time for reading you will feel better and have extra reading time.

One of the best ways to achieve this is to delete social media apps from your phone and download an eBook app instead. All of the major eBook stores have their own apps or you can check out what eBook options your public library offers. Whenever you’re bored or killing time waiting in line, instead of opening social media open your eBook and read.

Use Your Commute as Reading Time

If you commute to your job, that’s extra time you can use for reading. If you take public transit to your office, then you get the option of reading a traditional book or an ebook. If you suffer from motion sickness, you can listen to an audiobook instead. If you’re driving to work, you can make the time stuck in traffic a little more fun with a book to pass the time.

Try Reading Short Stories

If you don’t have a lot of time to read or have a hard time committing to a full-length book. Consider reading short stories instead. You can get short story collections by an author you enjoy or try a themed anthology full of stories in your favorite genre. There are tons of podcasts that specialize in narrating short stories, so you can even enjoy them if you mainly listen to audiobooks.

Check Out Books from the Library

Libraries are incredible resources on their own, but checking out books can actually help you read more. I know that seems weird because you probably already have piles of books waiting to be read at your house. Checking a book out from the library gives you a deadline–you will have to return that book by a specific date which gives you the motivation to read it before then. If you prefer to read eBooks, you can check those out from the library, too.

If you’re a writer, you may need help finding time to write, too.

How to Find Time to Write in Your Busy Schedule

How to Find Time to Write in Your Busy Schedule

One of the biggest struggles common among writers is actually finding the time to write. Whether you’re a student, work full time, or take care of a family (or even all three at once!) it’s easy for your daily schedule to fill up. During hectic and stressful times, it’s easy to go days or weeks without putting pen to paper. If you’re struggling to find time to write

How to Find Time to Write in Your Busy Schedule

Prioritize Your Writing

One of the unfortunate truths of modern life is often there are more tasks to do than we have time to do them. In fact, a common way to procrastinate a task (often writing) is to prioritize other tasks that also seem important. There’s a joke: how can you tell a writer is on a deadline? Their house is completely spotless!

If writing is important to you and you want to be writing regularly, then you need to make the choice to prioritize it. The first thing is to tell yourself, “my writing is important and is a priority to me.” Once you’ve set that in your mind, you also have to set it into practice. You’ll need to schedule writing time (more on this in the next section) and if push comes to shove, you may need to choose writing over other activities (like going out to see friends or binging TV after work). This is maybe the biggest challenge, but if being a writer is important to you, you will have to make some sacrifices to achieve that. Otherwise, you’ll keep putting off your project until “someday” when you’re less busy. For most people, that “someday” never comes unless they choose to make it now.

If you haven’t already, you should set some writing goals so you have something to work toward each day.

Set a Writing Schedule

To make writing a priority in your life, you should treat it like any other obligation. Schedule writing time into your day like you schedule your gym time, meetings with your boss, or dentist appointments. While having a consistent schedule is easiest for forming a habit, you may have to customize it to fit around other obligations. Be creative if you need to. Maybe you can get 30 minutes on Monday before you go to the gym, but if Tuesday is a rest day you can schedule a whole hour.

The most important thing to do is show up for your scheduled writing time. Don’t let procrastination or scrolling through social media steal this precious time from you. There will be plenty of other real-world “surprises” that will try to derail your schedule, make the most of the time you can claim for writing.

Become a Weekend Warrior

While “write every day” is one of the most commonly dispensed pieces of writing advice, it’s not so easily applied to everyone’s lives. The consistency of writing every day is a great way to build a habit and consistently meet writing goals, but not everyone’s life can fit in dedicated writing time each day.

When I was working a traditional 9-to-5 office job, I was often not home until 6 pm or later. By the time I was done cooking and eating dinner I had no energy for writing and often ended up watching TV just to decompress from the stress of my job. Even if I could convince myself to sit down at my computer, my mental energy was drained and I often couldn’t get much writing done. I struggled for many years trying to “write every day” but I would never be able to make it more than a few days before failing at the goal.

A writer friend of mine recommended becoming a weekend warrior–and it worked! Instead of trying to shove 30 minutes of writing into each of my weekdays, I set aside 4 hours during the weekend. Usually, this involved me going to a cafe or my local library in the morning and settling down with a laptop and my headphones to write. Long stretches of dedicated time like that made it easier for me to “unplug” from my daily life and focus on my writing project. I enjoyed the sessions even more if a writer friend was available to join me–we would celebrate our writing success by going to lunch afterward.

Many writers don’t have the stamina for hours-long writing sessions, but if you’re struggling to fit in short sessions during the week, give a long weekend writing session a try and see if it works for you.

Get up Early

Just thinking about this makes me groan–I am a night owl and getting up at a “normal” time can sometimes be a struggle. But often, the easiest way to find the time to write is to “add” a little extra time to your schedule. This technique is especially loved by parents who enjoy the quiet morning hours before their kids wake up and create a distraction they really shouldn’t ignore.

According to the early morning writers I’ve talked to, the great thing about getting up early to write is it’s almost a sacred time. If you make your coffee or tea, don’t check the news or your email, then you’re existing in a time with no outside distractions. You can just sit down and write, knowing that everything else can wait until it’s time to “officially” start your day. Plus, getting your writing done first thing means it’s less likely to be the item that gets pushed off your schedule if your day has some unexpected bumps.

How to Find Time to Write in Your Busy Schedule

Write Wherever and Whenever You Can

Sometimes life is just too hectic to schedule a proper time to sit down and focus on writing. If you feel like you can’t schedule writing time, then there are other ways to prioritize writing and make sure it happens. But it requires a little creativity.

Analyze your day and looks for moments of “downtime” that you can regularly utilize. If you commute via public transportation, that is a great time to use to do some writing, and it happens twice a day! Your lunch break at work can also be used for writing time. This works especially well if you can eat while you’re working and then really dedicate your break time to writing. If you take walks for exercise or with your dog, you can use the dictation feature on your smartphone to write while you walk. Multi-tasking for the win!

You should be prepared to write at any time because it can be hard to predict when you’ll be gifted with extra time where you’re just waiting. This may mean carrying a small notebook and pen in your pocket or purse or writing on your phone in the notes app.

Any downtime you find yourself pulling out your phone and scrolling social media is time you could use to jot down a few more sentences! So if you’re in the hour-long line at the DMV or sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, that is time you can spend writing. If you’re motivated to find moments for writing during the day, you will find them.

I hope this article has given you some ideas on how to find time to write. If you’re looking for more tips on fitting writing time into your busy life, check out the book Writer with a Day Job by Aine Greaney. Make sure you’re reading to get inspiration for your writing. Check out how to find time to read in your busy schedule.

If you’re struggling with writing in general, learn how to get out of a writing rut and beat writer’s block.

Newspaper Earrings - Reporter Gifts

15 Amazing Gifts for Journalists & Reporters

Journalism is a way of life for dedicated reporters. If the journalist in your life has a birthday coming up or you’re stumped on the perfect Christmas gift, we’ve got you covered. We have found the best gifts for journalists and reporters, from practical gifts that will make their job easier to funny gifts that will make them smile. Check out all the recommendations below.

1. Newspaper Earrings

Newspaper Earrings - Reporter Gifts

I bet you’ve never seen jewelry like this! Pure Creations by Nada makes these unique earrings that look like actually miniature newspapers. The lightweight earrings look like a stack of newspapers bound with twine! Features silver hooks. This is a fun stocking stuffer for reporters.

2. Vintage Leather Messenger Bags

Reporters are always on the go, so they need a bag to carry their computer, phone, notebooks, and everything else they need. This bag is a classy option for both men and women that looks professional with a unique style. This vintage-style leather messenger bag is timeless in style while being functional. With tons of pockets and plenty of space, this is a must have bag for journalists.

3. Printing Press Patent Poster

Printing Press Patent Poster - Journalism Gifts

This cool print is perfect for a journalist to display in their home or office. Using the original patent drawing from 1914, the vintage image is cleaned up and presented as a frameable poster available in a variety of colors to match any decor.

4. Zendure Power Bank

When journalists are busy and on the run, they need to keep their devices charged. The Zendure Power Bank is super portable, just the size of a credit card, and it can charge phones, tablets, and other devices. You can also charge the power bank while you’re charging the device. This essential item is one of the best practical gifts for journalists.

5. Newspaper Print Scarf

Newspaper Print Infinity Scarf - Gifts for Journalists

This stylish gift is perfect for any journalist, whether or not they report on fashion! Pixiesdance makes this cool infinity scarf featuring a black and white newspaper print. This scarf is subtle enough to wear to work or a fun way to dress up an outfit on the weekend.

6. Vintage Newspaper Bow Tie

Vintage Newspaper Bow Tie - Gifts for Reporters

Gentlemen can get in on the newspaper fashion as well. This handmade bowtie features fabric that looks like vintage newspaper pages, complete with the aged yellowing. A classy design that is perfect to dress up any special event.

7. Sony Digital Voice Recorder

This gift for reporters is the perfect way to splurge a little on your loved ones. All journalists need to record their interviews, and a digital voice recorder is one of the best ways to do it. Sony makes one of the best options available, in a compact size with crystal clear audio recording. Quick charge via USB and take advantage of the 4 GB of internal memory (expandable with MicroSD cards).

8. “Can I Quote You on That?” Mug

"Can I Quote You on That?" Journalism Mug

This hilarious mug is the perfect gift for a reporter. It says “Can I quote you on that?” a common phrase journalists use in their work. Include some of their favorite tea or coffee to great a gift bag they’ll really appreciate.

9. Talk to Me Interview Book

Strong interview skills are key for journalists to get the quotes they need for their articles. Talk to Me: How to Ask Better Questions, Get Better Answers, and Interview Anyone Like a Pro by Dean Nelson is an invaluable guide to the skills needed to be a confident and effective interviewer. This book is perfect for students and new journalists still learning the ropes while also offering tons of advice to improve the skills of more experienced reporters.

10. Sunday Newspaper Scented Candle

Sunday Newspaper Scented Candle Journalism Gift

The newspaper has a nostalgic smell for many, especially reporters. Dio Candle Company has captured this scent in a vegan soy candle. Handmade, this candle features scents like ink resin, sandalwood, paper fiber, and tonka. The perfect stocking stuffer for your newspaper-obsessed loved one.

11. Field Notes Reporter Notebooks

Every journalist needs a good quality notebook to quickly take notes, and Field Notes’ reporter notebooks are the perfect option. This two pack of notebooks is college rules spiral notebook that’s easy to hold in one hand and write on anywhere. It also features a back pocket to easily store business cards, receipts, and other scraps of paper.

12. Scriveiner Luxury Black Rollerball Pen

While reporters may use cheaper pens from the office supply store for their day-to-day work, every writer deserves a nice pen. Scriveiner makes these gorgeous luxury pens in four different colors (black, green, crimson, and blue). This rollerball pen writes smoothly in black ink and is easily refillable. Comes in a gift box ready to give to your favorite journalist.

13. Be a Writing Victorian Advertisement

Be a Writing Victorian Advertisement

This print is a unique gift for journalists. It’s a recreation of an advertisement from the 1800s, of a simpler time when there was a huge demand for journalists. It’s advertising a correspondence course from The Sprague Cor. School of Journalism. This print is ready to frame and gift to a reporter.

14. Newspaper Necklace

Newspaper Necklace Journalism Gift

Jewelry is a common gift for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, and birthdays. This necklace features a newspaper charm and a customizable initial charm. It’s a great gift to commemorate a special publication or just show your love.

15. Go Away! I Have a Deadline T-shirt

This is a hilarious t-shirt that any journalist will relate to. It says “Go away! I Have a Deadline.” Available in men’s and women’s sizes in eight color options.

Need more gift ideas for the journalist in your life? Check out our 50 gifts for writers megalist.

Chart of Cosmic Exploration Poster for SciFi Writers

20 Out of This World Gifts for Sci-fi & Fantasy Writers

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If you have a science fiction or fantasy writer in your life, you know they’re different from other writers. Authors of speculative fiction spend their days thinking about dragons, aliens, and bizarre futuristic worlds. So boring bland gifts for “regular” fiction writers just won’t do. Whether they’re an old pro or an aspiring writer, these cool and creative gifts are perfect for the fantasy and sci-fi author in your life.

Gifts for Fantasy & Science Fiction Authors

1. Enchanted Library Candle

Enchanted Library Candle

Briar Wick makes cool literary-themed candles of various names and scents. The Enchanted Library is perfect for writers of the fantastical, the scent of cedarwood, parchment, and leather inspiring dreams of a beautiful home library that is more than means the eye.

Available as a 4 oz metal tin or an 8 oz glass jar. Made of vegan, all-natural soy wax.

2. Creative Block

An author’s greatest enemy is writer’s block. Creative Block is the perfect anecdote to that! This classy wooden box is filled with over a hundred brainstorming ideas to help writers work through creative blocks and finish their stories. The writer can choose a card at random and use the suggestions to work through their problem. Plus, this item looks great displayed on their desk.

Check out more tools for defeating writer’s block.

3. Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

The Now Write! series focuses on combining writing advice with writing exercises to create the perfect toolbox for writers and aspiring authors. This volume is specifically for writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. It features advice from writers like Harlan Ellison, Vonda N. McIntyre, and other award-winning genre authors.

Check out more books on writing fiction.

4. My Characters Won’t Behave Enamel Pin

My Characters Won't Behave Enamel Pin

For those days when the characters won’t cooperate! This funny enamel pin is perfect for authors who complain about their character’s motivation and choices. It features the message “My Characters Won’t Behave” written on lined paper with crumpled up pages and a pencil. 1.25″ wide, it makes a perfect stocking stuffer.

5. Feather Quill Pen

Fantasy writers can immerse themselves in the world they’re writing about with this cool gift. This feather quill pen is a modern update on the old-school writing tool. The beautiful blue or red natural goose feather comes with five different writing nibs and a bottle of black ink. Makes a great stocking stuffer as it comes in a gift box.

6. Handmade Leather Journal

The perfect companion to the quill pen is this rustic journal. This handmade buffalo leather journal is ready for the next epic novel or short story your loved one writes. It comes ready to give in a gift set with a silver ballpoint pen and a gift box.

Check out more journal gifts for writers.

7. Chart of Cosmic Exploration Poster

Chart of Cosmic Exploration Poster for SciFi Writers

Science fiction writers who pen stories with space travel will appreciate this poster to hang in their office. This schematic details the solar system and the trajectories of every man-made craft that has explored it. This 36″ x 24″ poster is ready for framing.

8. Subscription to Their Fave SFF Magazine

This gift idea is especially good for aspiring authors who are looking to get published in the top SFF magazines. The best way to sell a story is to read the latest works published in the magazines they love best. It will give them a sense of the market and help improve their writing skills.

If you need some ideas check out these magazines:
Fantasy and Science Fiction
Asimov’s Science Fiction
Analog Science Fiction & Fact

9. Author Portrait

Author Portrait Ursula K Le Guin

Professor Foolscap is an artist who takes words from famous writers and other visionaries and turns them into a unique portrait of the person. These beautiful prints are unique, perfect for hanging in an office or even displaying in your home. Choose from classic science fiction and fantasy writers like Arthur C Clarke, Kurt Vonnegut, JRR Tolkien, Mary Shelley, Margaret Atwood, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Isaac Asimov.

10. Vintage Library Due Date Card Coasters

Writers always have a drink nearby while they’re writing and this is a fun way to protect their desk! This set of two square coasters are printed with retro library due date cards, including date stamps.

11. Book Purse

A Wrinkle In Time Book Purse Gift for Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers

Let the science fiction writer in your life rock up to the next convention and turn heads with one of these amazing book purses. Novel Creations takes vintage hardcover books and transforms them into gorgeous purses. Choose from classics like Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, and more.

12. Masterclass Subscription

If the aspiring writer in your life is looking to improve their skills and learn from the master writers of our time, a Masterclass Subscription will give them that opportunity. The subscription gives them unlimited access to writing courses by award-winning authors like N.K. Jemisin, Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, and R.L. Stine. And if they need a break from writing, they can enjoy classes on a variety of other subjects like gardening, music, and wellness.

13. Science Fiction League Enamel Pin

Science Fiction League Enamel Pin

A miniature way to display their love of science fiction! This 20mm hard enamel pin is modeled after the original Science Fiction League logo made by Frank R Paul. Great to pin on a bag or a jean jacket.

14. Bird’s Wings Shawl

Who hasn’t dreamed of flying? This shawl takes you one step closer, allowing you to have beautiful wings. Available in a variety of beautiful styles (like the phoenix shown above, peacock, or barn owl) and colors.

15. Writing Monsters

If your writer’s work borders on the terrifying, they’ll find this handing guide on crafting terrifying creatures useful. Author and teacher Philip Athans provides a deep investigation into monsters, what they symbolize, and how to portray them in fiction.

16. Books are Uniquely Magic Mug

Books are Uniquely Magic Mug Fantasy Writers Gift

Every fantasy writer knows that books contain magical worlds and characters. This mug is the perfect tribute to that, with the phrase “Books are uniquely magic.” It also features an illustration of an open book with a dragon emerging from the pages. Include some of your loved one’s favorite coffee or tea to create a gift bag.

17. Fantasy Writer T-shirt

This gift is the perfect way to let the world know what your loved one is most passionate about: they’re a fantasy writer! This minimalist shirt features a bat, moon, spider, magic wand, and unicorn.

Available in men, women, and youth sizes in ten color options.

18. Science Fiction Writer T-shirt

Science fiction writers need not feel left out–there’s a shirt for them too! This minimalist design features a vintage rocketship and a raygun!

Available in men, women, and youth sizes in ten color options.

Check out more T-shirts for Writers.

19. Writer Zipper Bag

Genre writers can be unique, and I’m sure they’ll agree that they’re more interesting than “regular” writers! This cool zipper pouch expresses that idea. It shows other authors as a plain horse and your writer as a fabulous unicorn. The pouch is perfectly sized to use as a pencil bag or even a make-up pouch.

Check out more unicorn gift ideas.

20. Fantasy Mapping: Drawing Worlds

Every epic fantasy novel needs an epic map, and this book is the perfect guide for fantasy writers to learn to drawn their imagined worlds. Wesley Jones has written a book full of step-by-step tutorials perfect for artists of every level. It’s particularly good for authors who don’t have an artistic background.

Need more gift ideas?

Check out 20 Vintage Science Fiction Gifts and our megalist of 50 Creative Gift Ideas for Writers.

Step by Step: How to Write a Book

I Want to Write a Book. Where Do I Start?

Maybe you’ve dreamed of it all your life or recently a new idea has entered your mind that you can’t stop thinking about. While the idea of writing a book or novel may seem scary or overwhelming, anyone can write! You don’t need an MFA in creative writing or a literary agent, all you need to do is put pen on paper and write your story. If you’re stalling out, unsure of how to start the project of writing the first draft of your book, follow this guide to up your skills, meet your goals, and be successful.

I Want to Write a Book. Where Do I Start? - How to Write a Book

Step by Step: How to Write a Book

In the simplest terms, all you have to do to start writing a book is to type the first sentence. But to set yourself up for success, there are some other steps to take to make sure you’ll be able to see the project through to the end of the first (second, third, etc.) draft. Follow these suggestions and you’ll be holding the first draft of your book in your hands before you know it.

Set Up Your Writing Space

Distraction is the biggest enemy of the writer. One of the best ways to avoid this is to have a dedicated space for writing. This will help you get into the writing mindset and keep your family or roommates from bugging you as you work.

A dedicated office space with a door you can close is the dream for any writer. Make sure you have a desk and a comfortable chair. I like to sit near a window so I can stare out when I get stuck. Try to keep distractions out of the room. Your phone can hang out somewhere else during writing time.

If your home doesn’t have enough space for a dedicated office, a small writing desk in your bedroom or living room is a great alternative. It will help you get into the writing mindset when you sit down, as well as signaling to everyone that you’re busy writing.

Philip Roth Writes at a Standing Desk
Philip Roth exclusively worked at a standing desk when he wrote his books. Get more writing space inspiration from the writing desks of famous authors.

If space is really at a premium, you can set up shop at your kitchen table. Create a little pre-writing ritual to help achieve the proper mindset. I like to get a cup of tea, grab my favorite notebook, and put on my headphones to drown out household noises.

If you find that working at home is impossible or it’s hard to keep your family members out of your hair, a remote writing space might work better. Grab your laptop and your headphones and spend some time at a local coffee shop or the library. Keep your wifi turned off on your computer to really help you focus.

Set Aside Writing Time

Writing a book takes time. The fastest writers can bang out a first draft in a month, but it’s not uncommon for it to take months or years. To meet that goal, you’ll need to be consistent with your writing time.

Make sure to set aside time just for writing. Many writers tout the benefits of writing every single day, but that is not a requirement. Figure out a schedule that works for your creativity and your life obligations. If you work a traditional full-time job, maybe you can spend 30 minutes before or after work (or on your lunch break) writing every day. If you work better in large chunks, set aside your Sunday afternoon to power through a few hours of writing time.

When your scheduled writing time comes, you have to be disciplined. Treat it like you would an important business meeting. Show up on time. Sit down with your computer or notebook, put your phone away, and write. If you’re stuck, try some activities to beat writer’s block, but if you really can’t write you have to keep with your schedule. Even if it means you’re just sitting there brainstorming, you’ll make more progress than you would scrolling on social media on your phone.

If your life is too chaotic to schedule writing time in advance, try to squeeze it in when you can. Carry your notebook with you or write on your phone anytime you’re stuck waiting. Make daily or weekly writing goals and seize time whenever you can to meet them (more on this in the next section).

Set Realistic Goals

Since writing a full-length book can take so long, a good way to stay motivated is to set smaller goals along the way. The best way to make sure you will be able to meet your goals is to make them realistic. We have a whole article on how to set writing goals you can actually achieve. The biggest key to your success is making sure your writing goals are realistic.

While you may like the idea of writing an entire book in a month, if you can’t commit to writing 2000+ words a day, you’re going to fail that goal. Think about your writing style and how much time you can commit to writing each day, then build goals off of that. Don’t make the goals too easy, you still need a little challenge. Many writers find daily or weekly word count goals work great. Another good option is writing times. Spending 10 hours a week writing is a great goal for writing a book.

Step by Step: How to Write a Book

Do the Writing

This is the most important part and at the same time the hardest part. You have to actually write the book! Now that you’ve set yourself up for success, you’ve got to put your head down and write the words.

Show up for your writing time and meeting your goals, you will eventually finish the first draft of your book. To make this process a little easier, follow the next three suggestions.

Develop Your Idea

While many writers are pantsers who just start writing without any preplanning, you may find that tricky, especially if this is your first book. Spending some time brainstorming your story will make it easier to meet your writing goals because you’ll know exactly what you need to write.

There are many approaches to developing your book idea. Feel free to try a bunch of them to find the ones that work the best for you. Creating a plot outline will give you a guide for your writing sessions. Don’t forget to spend some time developing your characters (creating a character profile is a fun way to do it).

Develop Your Craft

You’ll learn a lot just from the process of writing your first draft, but you can really develop your craft by seeking outside knowledge. Enrolling in a writing program at a college may not be within your budget, but there’s plenty of options to add new tools to your writing toolbox.

The easiest and most affordable way to learn writing craft is by reading books on writing. There’s a whole variety of books with writing tips available for a variety of genres and types of writing. I recommend going to your local library or bookstore and browsing the writing section to find some books that will go with your project. You should also consider these books on writing fiction.

Join a Writing Group to Improve Your Craft

If you’re looking for a bit of socialization with your learning, consider joining a local writing group. This will not only give you some moral support as you write your book, but many of these groups involve critiquing each other’s work. Surprisingly, you’ll often learn more from critiquing other writer’s rough drafts than you will from getting your own work critiqued. If you don’t know any local writers, you may be able to find a group on

If you think you’d benefit from a more structured learning experience, you could take a creative writing class. Many community colleges and local organizations will offer classes for a fee.

If there isn’t anything available locally or you prefer to learn at home, a Masterclass membership gets you unlimited writing classes from professional authors like Margaret Atwood, James Patterson, Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carol Oats, Dan Brown, David Sedaris, and more.


To be a good writer, you need to be a reader. Read all kinds of books. You’ll find there’s plenty of books you need to read for research to write your book. You should also read other books in the genre you’re writing.

Make sure you’re also reading books for fun and books outside of the genre you’re writing in. Also, seek out diverse authors and voices. Variety and diversity in your reading will help you develop as a writer and avoid cliches in plot or characters.

Save money by brushing off your library card or subscribing to Kindle Unlimited.

When You Finish Your First Draft

Celebrate! Finishing the first draft of your first book is a huge accomplishment. Treat yourself to a nice dinner or a special gift. Then put your book in a drawer. You need some time away from it. While it rests, keep reading and start working on a new project. Then after a few months, when you’re ready, read through your draft and start working on the next one.

While you’re writing your new book, check out the best software for writing a book and essential reference books for writers. Take care of yourself by following these 10 health tips for writers.

Revising, Editing, Proofreading

How to Get Your Short Story Published

One of the biggest hurdles for new and aspiring writers if getting that first publication credit. Most creative writing students aim for writing short fiction. It works well with traditional writing classes and there’s plenty of opportunities to get short fiction published. If you’re thinking about writing a short story or have one ready to send out to magazines and anthologies, this article will cover everything you need to know to publish your short story traditionally in a magazine or on a website.

How to Get Your Short Story Published

1. Write the Story

This is the most obvious step, but it’s often the biggest hurdle for people who are trying to get from “I want to be a writer” to “I am a writer.” It’s easy to come up with clever ideas, the real challenge is writing them down. Set a writing goal and get your first draft done. Then celebrate with a little treat or a small gift and put the story away for a few weeks.

2. Revise, Revise, Revise

You may feel like the first draft of your story is brilliant, but to be very honest with you, it’s not. If you send out the first draft on submission there will be a lot of form rejections in your future.

This is why I recommend you put the story away for a few weeks. It allows you to look at the manuscript with fresh eyes, so you can see what is missing from the page. Rewrite your story once or twice until you feel like it is as good as you can make it. Then give it to some readers for critique. If you’re in a writing class or group, then you’re all set. Otherwise, look for friends who read regularly. Don’t give your story to your mom who will be inclined to praise anything you do. If you don’t have anyone you know to crit your story, there are many online critique groups and forums where you can trade stories with other writers in your genre.

Revising, Editing, Proofreading

3. Proofread

Notice how this is a separate step. That’s because proofreading is incredibly important. There’s nothing that can trip up a slush reader or editor faster than typos, misspellings, and incorrect word usage. We want them to be completely enthralled in your story, so the manuscript should be as clean as possible.

At a minimum, you should run spell check on your document and read through it again to correct any errors. I recommend printing the story out or changing the font–this small trick will make it easier to find errors your eyes might otherwise glide over. If you have a friend who is also a writer or thrives at grammar, as them to proofread your story.

You can also utilize editing software like Prowriting Aid to help you proofread your manuscript.

4. Find a Market

Now that your story is it’s absolute best, you need to find the best market for it. If you’re writing short fiction you should be reading contemporary short fiction and the magazines you’d like to publish in. If you’re still learning, you can use databases like Duotrope or The Submission Grinder to find markets that publish the types of stories you like.

Make sure to read an issue of each market you’re considering to get a sense of what kind of stories the editors publish. If all of their stories are very serious, you probably won’t be able to sell them your humorous flash fiction. Take a peek at their submission guidelines while you’re there. Many editors will list what kinds of stories they’re looking for and the ones they absolutely do not want to read. Make note of their pay rates as well.

Keep a list (a spreadsheet is great for this) of potential markets to submit to. Include details like the editor’s name, their pay rate, word count limits, open submission dates, etc. Since you may want to submit to markets that don’t allow simultaneous submissions, it’s helpful to prioritize the markets for the order you want to submit it. I recommend sending your story to more prestigious or higher paying markets first (also take into account response time) and then work your way down the list.


5. Follow the Submission Guidelines

Slush readers and editors who are overwhelmed with submissions may be subconsciously looking for reasons to reject your story. You want your story to get a fair evaluation, so follow the magazine’s guidelines, even if it means reformating your story or rewriting your cover letter.

The submission guidelines for each market will have details of how to send your story (email, submission form, etc), what format your story should be in (file type, font, etc), and what other information you should provide (cover letter, author bio, etc.).

If the guidelines don’t specify what format to submit a story in, generally it is safe to send a Microsoft Word .doc file in Shunn Manuscript Format.

If you’ve never written a cover letter before, author and editor Alex Shvartsman has a great guide.

6. Submit & Track

You’ve prepped your manuscript, polished your cover letter, it’s time to submit! Send your story to your chosen market (and if they allow simultaneous submissions, send it to a few more, too). Make sure you keep track of when and where you send what stories. You can use the trackers on Duotrope or The Submission Grinder, or use a submission tracker spreadsheet.

7. Wait

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of waiting in the writing game. Duotrope and The Submission Grinder can give you a good idea of a market’s average turn around time. While you’re waiting, this is the perfect time to start a new story or novel. It will help distract you from the waiting game and help you get another story for submission.

Submission Accepted or Rejected

8. Get Your Response

If you’ve just started submitting your writing, it’s highly likely that your first responses are going to be rejections. This can be extremely discouraging, but it’s part of the writing life. When you get a rejection you should always get a reward (a favorite candy bar or other small purchase) and then send that story right back out on submission again.

Many writers feel inclined to rewrite a story every time it’s rejected. I would caution against this impulse for a few reasons. 1. There are a hundred reasons why an editor might have rejected your story (The story is awesome but they just published a zombie story or they don’t like romance or they could only buy four stories and yours was the fifth). Unless you got a personal rejection telling you why they didn’t buy it, you can’t know what the issue was. 2. Focusing your energy too much on rewriting one story over and over again can ultimately just frustrate a writer. True progress and growth are made by writing new stories and developing your skills further.

In my opinion, it’s safe to consider rewriting your story if you get personalized critique from an editor that you agree with (eg. the ending doesn’t work, the character arc doesn’t make sense). You may also want to consider revisiting the story if you’ve received five or more rejections.

9. Publish Your Story

If you keep it up, repeating these steps by writing and submitting new stories, eventually you will make your first sale! Congratulations! Make sure to celebrate with a nice dinner or a fancy writing gift.

And then, it’s time to start writing again.

Need some writing inspiration? Check out the best books on writing fiction and tools that destroy writer’s block.

Best Writing Advice from Famous Authors

Best Writing Advice from Famous Authors

Best Writing Advice from Famous Authors

The creative process can be frustrating, especially when it comes to writing. When you’re early in your writing career, it’s easy to get discouraged. Luckily there’s plenty of great writing advice available from famous authors who’ve established their careers and figured out how to harness their creativity. Check out some of our favorites quotes and writing advice from these successful writers.

George Saunders

In an article for the Guardian, George Saunders talks a bit about his writing process. One of my favorite parts is when he talks about revision and specificity:

Revising by the method described is a form of increasing the ambient intelligence of a piece of writing. This, in turn, communicates a sense of respect for your reader. As text is revised, it becomes more specific and embodied in the particular. It becomes more sane. It becomes less hyperbolic, sentimental, and misleading. It loses its ability to create a propagandistic fog. Falsehoods get squeezed out of it, lazy assertions stand up, naked and blushing, and rush out of the room….

When I write, “Bob was an asshole,” and then, feeling this perhaps somewhat lacking in specificity, revise it to read, “Bob snapped impatiently at the barista,” then ask myself, seeking yet more specificity, why Bob might have done that, and revise to, “Bob snapped impatiently at the young barista, who reminded him of his dead wife,” and then pause and add, “who he missed so much, especially now, at Christmas,” – I didn’t make that series of changes because I wanted the story to be more compassionate. I did it because I wanted it to be less lame.

But it is more compassionate. Bob has gone from “pure asshole” to “grieving widower, so overcome with grief that he has behaved ungraciously to a young person, to whom, normally, he would have been nice”. Bob has changed. He started out a cartoon, on which we could heap scorn, but now he is closer to “me, on a different day”.

How was this done? Via pursuit of specificity. I turned my attention to Bob and, under the pressure of trying not to suck, my prose moved in the direction of specificity, and in the process my gaze became more loving toward him (ie, more gentle, nuanced, complex), and you, dear reader, witnessing my gaze become more loving, might have found your own gaze becoming slightly more loving, and together (the two of us, assisted by that imaginary grouch) reminded ourselves that it is possible for one’s gaze to become more loving.

Make sure you read the whole article for more wisdom from Saunders.

JK Rowling

Fans of the author are lucky, JK Rowling has written an entire article with her thoughts on writing. One of my favorite pieces of advice from her isn’t specifically about the writing process.

Fear of failure is the saddest reason on earth not to do what you were meant to do. I finally found the courage to start submitting my first book to agents and publishers at a time when I felt a conspicuous failure. Only then did I decide that I was going to try this one thing that I always suspected I could do, and, if it didn’t work out, well, I’d faced worse and survived.

Ultimately, wouldn’t you rather be the person who actually finished the project you’re dreaming about, rather than the one who talks about ‘always having wanted to’?

James Patterson

James Patterson often says he doesn’t give out writing advice, all he does is share what works for him. In an interview with Fast Company he dives into his writing a bit:

I think what hooks people into my stories is the pace. I try to leave out the parts people skip. I used to live across the street from Alexander Haig, and if I told you a story that I went out to get the paper and Haig was laying in the driveway, and then I went on for 20 minutes describing the architecture on the street and the way the palm trees were, you’d feel like “Stop with the description–what’s going on with Haig?” I tend to write stories the way you’d tell them. I think it’d be tragic if everybody wrote that way. But that’s my style. I read books by a lot of great writers. I think I’m an okay writer, but a very good storyteller.

He also talks about how using an outline helps his writing process (and helps him be so prolific!):

I’m a fanatic about outlining. It’s gonna make whatever you’re writing better, you’ll have fewer false starts, and you’ll take a shorter amount of time. I write them over and over again. You read my outline and it’s like reading a book; you really get the story, even though it’s condensed. Each chapter will have about a paragraph devoted to it. But you’re gonna get the scene, and you’re gonna get the sense of what makes the scene work.

Make sure to check out more of his advice in the article.

Ray Bradbury

One of the most famous sci-fi writers of the last century, Ray Bradbury wrote hundreds of short stories in an office full of things that inspired him. Much of his writing advice is about finding inspiration and joy in your work. In his book Zen in the Art of Writing, he gives tons of writing advice perfect for aspiring writers. Here’s my favorite bit:

Zest. Gusto. How rarely one hears these words used. How rarely do we see people living, or for that matter, creating by them. Yet if I were asked to name the most important items in a writer’s make-up, these things that shape his material and rush him along the road to where he wants to go, I could only warn him to look to his zest, see to his gusto….
…if you are writing without zest, without gusto, without love, without fun, you are only half a writer. It means you are so busy keeping one eye on the commercial market, or one ear peeled for the avant-garde coterie, that you are not being yourself. You don’t even know yourself. For the first thing, a writer should be is–excited. He should be a thing of fevers and enthusiasms. Without such vigor, he might as well be out picking peaches or digging ditches, God knows it’d be better for this health.

Steven King

One of the most famous writers of our time, Steven King has freely shared his writing advice with fans and aspiring writers in his memoir On Writing. He gets into the nitty-gritty of dialogue, rewriting, and even research. I like his suggestions on writing description:

Description is what makes the reader a sensory participant in the story. Good description is a learned skill, one of the prime reasons why you cannot succeed unless you read a lot and write a lot. It’s not just a question of how to, you see; it’s also a question of how much to. Reading will help you answer how much, and only reams of writing will help you with the how. You can learn only by doing.
Description begins with visualization of what it is you want the reader to experience. It ends with your translating what you see in your mind into words on the page. It’s far from easy…. If you want to be a successful writer, you must be able to describe it, and in a way that will cause your reader to prickle with recognition.

Neil Gaiman

In a 2015 interview with Daniel Handler, Neil Gaiman was asked what his advice is for aspiring writers. His advice is very straightforward:

Finish things…. “Write” only takes you so far. “Finish things” takes you most of the rest of the way. Write things people want to read. Write things you care about…. I get puzzled and lost when people start asking me questions about what they should be writing for the market or whatever. There is no market–there’s nobody in the whole world of marketing ever would wake up someday and say, “A Series of Unfortunate Events is exactly what the world needs.” … Things like that happen because somebody wants to tell a story and you have an idea and you think you can tell that story better than anyone else.

This is a great reminder for all those writers struggling on first novels or feeling frustrated by the slush process.

Need more inspiration? Check out these 50 inspiring quotes about writing and these tools to destroy writer’s block. The five best books on writing will help you with your next project.

Make sure to get your writing done by finding time to write and setting writing goals you can achieve.

Brown Paper Bag Gift Wrap

7 Eco Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

Giving gifts is so much fun, but one of the downsides is wrapping gifts. Wrapping paper, bows, backs, and ribbon are all expensive. Then, once the gift-giving is done, all the beautiful wrapping paper is just thrown away. It’s not only a waste of money but a pretty wasteful process. So as you’re preparing gifts for Christmas or a birthday, consider some other wrapping options. These eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas allow you to reuse common items so you save money while also saving the planet. Check them out.

7 Eco Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

1. Recycled Newspaper

Newspaper Recycled Wrapping Paper
If you still get a weekly newspaper delivery, you can put that paper to good use by reusing it as wrapping paper. The comics are especially good for wrapping children’s presents or for comic book and graphic novel fans.

2. Recycled Grocery Bag

Brown Paper Bag Gift Wrap
If you leave your grocery store with brown paper bags, instead of just tossing them in the trash or recycling bin, use them to wrap your presents. Flip them inside out so the outside is blank. Once your item is wrapped, you can draw decorations or write messages on the brown paper. This is a chic and eco-friendly alternative to traditional wrapping paper.

3. Save & Reuse Gift Wrap & Bags

If you aren’t ready to use recycled household materials to wrap your gifts, you can recycle gift wrap itself. When you receive a gift, some careful unwrapping means you can save and reuse wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbon, and gift bags. I keep a drawer in my office specifically to save gift wrapping items for reuse. This will help you save money and reduce waste in the long run.

4. Use Part of the Gift

Scarves Eco Friendly Gift Wrapping
This is a fun way to get a little creative with your gift wrapping. Instead of using a traditional gift bag or wrapping paper, use a part of the gift to wrap it. For example, if you’re giving newlyweds kitchen stuff, wrap the items in pretty dishtowels or an apron (you can use the apron strings to make a bow). Spa or bathroom items can be wrapped in a nice bath towel.

If you enjoy thrift store shopping, start collecting pretty scarves that can be used to wrap any gift.

5. Reusable Gift Bags

Never buy wrapping paper again by investing in reusable gift bags. These cloth and fabric bags usually come with ribbons or drawstrings to secure your gift inside. If you’re good with a sewing machine, you can even make your own from your favorite fabric.

6. Gift Wrapping Cloth

Take a tip from Japan and try Furoshiki, which is the art of wrapping gifts with cloth. Instead of using disposable paper, a square piece of fabric is used to wrap the gift. On their own, the furoshiki fabrics are beautiful, but when folded using a traditional technique, they create a lovely gift as well. Plus, the wrapping cloth itself is infinitely reusable.

7. Maps

Maps Recycled Wrapping Paper
Got a drawer of maps that GPS has made useless? These bright and bold pages are perfect for wrapping gifts. Reuse those large maps from museums, zoos, and amusement parks for themed gifts or to remind your loved one of a special time or memory.

Need some gifts to go with your eco-friendly wrapping paper ideas? Check out how to pick out a meaningful and personal gift. Get some of our favorite gift ideas from our gifts for readers megalist.