How to Create a Character Profile (Free Template!)

How to Create a Character Profile (Free Template!)

How to Create a Character Profile (Free Template!)

Great stories and novels hinge on great characters. While the perfect hero or villain may appear in your mind fully formed and three dimensional, you may need to brainstorm your character before you start your new story. One of the techniques to create engaging, realistic, and well-rounded characters is to create a character profile. If you’re new to writing or trying to figure out a better way to develop characters, read on. This character profile works for creating protagonists, antagonists, and even side characters.

How to Create a Character Profile

What is a Character Profile?

In its most basic form, a character profile is a tool used by writers to help develop a well-rounded and realistic character. They’re generally used for main characters (the hero and villain) as well as other major side characters. The type and level of detail of character profiles differ for each writer who uses them. While many authors use a standard profile of facts that they fill out for each character, many have developed their own quirky and interesting processes that fit their writing style. Feel free to try any of these ideas to figure out what works best for you and your story or book.

Character profiles aren’t only great brainstorming tools for developing new characters but they’re extremely helpful reference points. Continuity issues can pop-up in any story, but they’re especially common in novels and series. To avoid writing your character with blue eyes in Chapter 1 and brown eyes in Chapter 12, you can easily reference your character profile as you work. Even if you’re a pantser who likes to start a story with minimal planning, figuring out some of the basic facts for your main characters will make rewriting and editing a lot easier.

Standard Character Profile

This is the most common type of character profile that many writers use. Frequently you’ll see templates online that work great. They list different facets of your character to brainstorm, from basic biographical facts to conflicts and character arcs.

If you don’t want to use a template, you can easily create your own character profile using a piece of paper or a blank text document. Make sure to include details about your character’s name, age, physical description, and background. You’ll also want to explore their relationships to other characters and to the plot of the story. Details like character flaws, weaknesses, and fears will help you develop your story and set up obstacles for your character.

I recommend considering the following when you create your character profile:

  • How old are they?
  • What do they look like?
  • Where are they from?
  • Who are the important people in their life?
  • What is their goal?
  • What is their motivation?
  • What do they fear?
  • What is their history?
  • What is their personality?
  • What are their internal/exernal conflicts?

The elements you figure out for your character can be broad or extremely detailed. Some writers enjoy getting into the nitty-gritty details, especially with their main characters. They’ll figure out the character’s favorite color or ice cream character before they start writing their story. With practice, you’ll figure out the best balance for your writing workflow.

You may not be able to answer each prompt before you start the story. Often the character will reveal more about themselves as they

Check out our free template below to help you get started.

Character Biography or Letter to the Author

The character biography is a different take on creating a character profile. Rather than filling out a bunch of stats about a character, this is a free-flowing way to flesh out a new character. Many authors prefer this less formal exercise.

There are a few forms this can take. The simplest is a biography of the character. Starting with their birth (or even starting with their parents before their birth), write out the information about their life history. Think back to when you wrote biographical papers in school about historical figures. You’ll want to include major life events that shape who your character is as well as details of their personality, preferences, and relationships. This is also a good time to think about what happened to your character before the start of the story that may affect the plot or arc.

Another approach to the biography is the letter. This is a letter written from the character to the author, introducing themselves and whatever situation they may find themselves in at the beginning of the story. This exercise is a great way to work out the character’s voice and is perfect if you plan to write your story in the character’s first person POV.

Download a Free Character Profile Template

Free Character Profile Template
This character profile worksheet makes a great starting point for any writer in any genre. Feel free to remove or add to the profile for your own writerly needs. Happy writing!

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15 Writing Desks of Famous Authors

If you need a little writing break (or something to help you procrastinate writing time), here’s something fun to check out. Writing locations and environments can have a huge influence on an author’s work and process. Sometimes peeping at their office can give some insight into their creative process as well. From neat and tiny tables to chaotic, packed offices, check out these writing desks of famous and successful authors.

James Baldwin

James Baldwin Author Desk Photo
James Baldwin (1924-1987) is a novelist and playwright known for many works including his essay collection Notes of a Native Son. He had unique writing habits because he often had a day job. He would begin his writing work at night once his kids were in bed. Even when he became established enough in his writing career to ditch the day job, he continued writing at night when he would be alone.
Photo source: Writers at Work Tumblr

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury Writing Desk
Beloved science fiction writer Ray Bradbury was famous for advising aspiring writers to always write what they loved. He followed his own advice by surrounding himself with things he loved in his office. The room was jam-packed with books and mementos that inspired him. Within the chaos, you can see his trusty typewriter on his desk. He used typewriters throughout his career, even after computers became common. All of his stories and books were written on typewriters. Photo source.

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens Writing Desk
This photo of Charles Dickens is one we’re lucky to have since it was taken in 1858. Considered one of the greatest novelists of the Victorian era, he had a very specific routine to his daily schedule. After waking at 7 am, breakfast at 8, he was in his study working by 9 am, not leaving until 2 pm when he had lunch with his family. After that, he’d take a vigorous three-hour walk. The rest of his evening was relaxed, but this schedule worked well for Dickens who could easily produce 2,000 words a day.
Photo source: Old Photo Archive

Check out some writing advice from Ray Bradbury.

Louisa Mae Alcott

Louisa Mae Alcott Writer Desk
Louisa Mae Alcott (1932 – 1888) is most well known for her classic novel Little Women. She wrote by hand at this writing desk at Orchard House. After years of disappointing reception to her writing, her publisher suggested that she try writing a “girls story.” She composed the book that became Little Women in two and a half months, basing it on her own life experiences with her sister. Neither she or her publishers were impressed by the manuscripts, but it was published and quickly sold out the first edition. The book was an overnight success, that still stands a great literature today.
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Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates Author Desk
Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938) writes in a tidy but personal study on the second floor of her home, with her desk position at the window. She makes good use of that view, saying, “I spend much of my time gazing out the window of any writing space I have inhabited.” Her writing process starts by writing longhand notes at the small antique table in her office. Then she moves to work on her laptop at her desk to expand on her handwritten notes. Learn more about Oates’ writing process through her Masterclass.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain Writing Desk
Seen here working at his desk in 1880, Mark Twain (1835-1910) is best known for his books The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Often quotes, one of my favorite writing quotes from Mark Twain is “Don’t say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.” It’s a more dramatic version of the “show, don’t tell” advice.
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JK Rowling

JK Rowling Writing Desk Harry Potter
So this isn’t JK Rowling’s (b. 1965) office, but this desk has such an interesting story that it’s worth including. When it was time for Rowling to write the last book in her Harry Potter series, she had a hard time finding a quiet place to work. She decided to go to The Balmoral hotel in Edinburgh to do some writing. The first day went so well, she decided to return and ended up “moving in” during August of 2006. She wrote the entire book at the pictured desk, eventually graffitiing a bust in the room to celebrate the completion of the story. This hotel room is now called the JK Rowling Suite.


Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez Writing Desk
Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez (1927 – 2014) wrote on many typewriters throughout his life (you can see more photos at the source). His parents gifted him one when he was 21. He pawned the typewriter and it went missing during El Bogotazo, the riots following the assassination of Jorge Eliécer Gaitán on April 9, 1948. Fortunately, that didn’t slow his acquisition of other typewriters, which allowed him to complete many compositions including One Hundred Years of Solitude.

George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw Writing Shed
George Bernard Shaw has one of my favorite “offices.” His is actually a writing shed, built in the garden of his villa known as “Shaw Corner.” While he had a traditional study, most of his writing happened in the shed, which was designed to rotate so he always had the best light to work in. You can see more photos here.

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Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke Writing Desk
Well known for writing 2001: A Space Odyssey (both the screenplay and the novelization, this photo is Arthur C. Clarke in 1984. A methodical writer and a perfectionist, he didn’t let life’s challenges stop his writing. When he was semi-paralized in 1962, he wrote his juvenile novel Dolphin Island by hand in a hospital bed. He typed all his own stories and essays well into his 80s, when he had to turn to dictation.


Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon Analog & Digital Desks
Austin Kleon is an artist and writer (most well known for his NY Times Bestseller Steal Like an Artist). He keeps two desks in his workspace that he refers to as his “analog” and “digital” desk. The analog desk has nothing electric on it, just markers, pencils, paper, etc. He finds this space is helpful for creating new work and avoiding online distractions like social media. The digital desk is home to his computer and other gadgets like a Wacom tablet and MIDI keyboard. See more of his office set-up at the source.

Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel Writer Desk
Danielle Steel is one of the biggest bestselling authors and she has a desk to match her huge success. In fact–her desk is literally her best selling books. In her office at her home in San Francisco, Steel had this custom made desk created to look like a stack of three of her books. The focus of her desk is the 1946 Olympia standard typewriter one which she’s composed 163 books and still uses. She keeps her office filled with mementos and other things she loves. Check out more photos at the source.

R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine Writer Office
It’s no surprise that noted children’s horror author R.L. Stine has a few creepy things in his writing office: like a giant toy cockroach and a skeleton. Most well known for his “Goosebumps” series, Stine lives in a co-op in NYC that he’s own for over two decades. When asked about how he writes, Stine says he has to know the title first, then the ending so he can figure out how to surprise the reader. You can learn all the secrets of Stine’s writing process from his Masterclass.


Alice Walker

Alice Walker Writing Desk
Alice Walker (b. 1944) is most well known for her novel The Color Purple which has been adapted to a movie and a Broadway musical. For three decades of her writing career, Walker wrote every morning or at least set that aside as dedicated time to think about her writing. She found this helped increase her creative receptivity.
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Philip Roth

Philip Roth Writes at a Standing Desk
Before he retired from writing, Philip Roth exclusively used standing desks, with one in his Upper West Side work studio and another at his house in the woods of Connecticut. He keeps his desks near windows and says he would pace for about half a mile for every page he writes.

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How to Come up with Meaningful & Personal Gift Ideas

How to Pick Meaningful & Personal Gift Ideas

How to Come up with Meaningful & Personal Gift Ideas
Some people have a knack for meaningful gifs. With little effort, they come to every birthday party or celebration with a neatly wrapped gift. Once it’s opened, the giftee is reduced to tears, touched by the perfect and personal item they received. For the rest of us, buying a gift is a challenge. We struggle to think of anything more meaningful than a mug with a funny saying or a candle. Or even worse: we just give a gift card.

But there’s hope! With a little effort and planning, you too can become one of those people who comes up with the most amazing and personal gifts that really touch the receiver. Over the years, I’ve used these tips to develop my gift-giving skills and become a master gift giver. This advice can be applied to every type of gift: birthdays, Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and anniversaries.

How to Give Meaningful Gifts

Pay Attention and Keep Notes

The number one thing that helped make gift-giving easier for me was to always be listening. People are constantly giving tips about their interests and dreams in casual conversation. If you’re listening throughout the year, you’ll be given all kinds of ideas that can be used for gifts. This tip is especially helpful for those hard to shop for folks (like my Dad) who never seem to want or need anything. Every once in a while, people will drop clues: “Oh I really want to learn how to knit.” “I’m going to need a new stand mixer in a few years.” “When I was a kid, I really loved my GI Joe. I wish I still had that toy.” People may mention specific items (stand mixer, GI Joe) or they may mention general interest (knitting) that could be used to inspire a gift idea.

What’s really going to help you out is keeping notes. If someone says something in March that you feel like would be a perfect Christmas gift, chances are pretty high that you will completely forget it by the time you’re Christmas shopping. What I do is keep a spreadsheet that has listed everyone I regularly buy gifts for (family, close friends, etc.). I have one tab that is just for gift ideas and another tab to keep track of gifts given to them in the past.

When you keep these gift idea notes all year long, it makes shopping easier for you but also often makes the gift more of a surprise. While people will sometimes give purposeful hints close to their birthday or Christmas, often they won’t remember mentioning their knitting interest in March. So when you get them a beginner’s set of knitting needles and yarn, they’ll be so touched that you paid attention and intuited their interest.

Make a List of Their Interests

If it’s gift-giving time and you don’t know what to get your beloved, a little brainstorming may reveal some thoughtful gift ideas. Get a piece of paper and start writing down everything you know about the person: their job, their hobbies, other interests you have. Write down everything, even the smallest details.

Read through the list and see if any of the items inspire a gift idea or two. Write down anything that comes to mind, even if you know you wouldn’t or couldn’t buy them. By writing everything down, you’re allowing your brain to get creative in a way that opens it up to deeper ideas. At this point, you may find the perfect idea to buy as a present. If not, take to Google or other online shopping sites to do some research. You may find specific gift guides (like Amazing gifts for book lovers or unusual gifts for gardeners or sriracha gifts under $15) or browse items available on shopping websites. Give yourself time to really explore, any of these pages may inspire other gift ideas.

Try to push yourself beyond the most obvious gifts. If your brother in law is an accountant, he probably has tons of mugs with funny accounting related sayings. But maybe he’d appreciate an antique abacus to display in his office, which would make a great conversation piece for new clients.

Make a Gift Basket

One solution to make a very unique and fun gift is to assemble a gift basket to give to your loved one. It doesn’t have to be a literal basket (you can use a bag or a box or a different creative container), but basically, you’re putting together a bunch of small gifts to give as one. Often these are done on a theme or you can just gather a bunch of items you know the person will love. This is a great way to give little knick-knacks, treats, and other small presents without it feeling like you’ve cheaped out on the gift.

Check out my article on how to make a gift basket for writers to get ideas on brainstorming goodies for your gift.

Go for Artisan and Personalized Gifts

When I want to make sure that a gift has a personal feel, I will forget going to the mall or Amazon and instead look for items sold by artisans. Explore local shops and craft fairs in your area. They’re the perfect place to find unique art pieces, collectibles and other items that will really wow as a gift. If you’re striking out locally, I really like Etsy for buying gifts. There are tons of artists and small business owners selling wonderful gifts. Many of the options are made to order, so they can be personalized with a name, special message, or other details that make them completely unique for the giftee. Ordering from Etsy does require some planning ahead, because custom pieces may need a few weeks to be made and shipped.

How to Pick Meaningful & Personal Gift Ideas

Looking for some inspiration on your gift hunt? Check out our gifts for writers megalist and these suggestions of gifts for animal lovers. Once you’ve got the perfect gift, use some eco-friendly wrapping ideas.

10 Health Tips for Writers – Stay Healthy & Productive

Writing, like many modern careers, is a very sedentary job. You spend hours at a desk researching, writing, and rewriting. Add in reading time as well and most of your day is spent sitting. On the surface that seems fine, but over the years more and more articles and studies have come out revealing how dangerous sitting is for our health. Since sitting can increase your risk for obesity, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer, it’s good to start building healthy habits into your work routine early in your career. For this article, we’ve rounded up some of the best health tips for writers. Following these tips will not only help you stay healthy, but they’ll also boost your mood and improve productivity as well.

10 Health Tips for Writers - Stay Healthy & Productive

10 Health Tips for Writers

1. Get Up & Move

On a good writing day, where you’re really slaying your word count goals, you can go hours hunched over the keyboard. But this is terrible for your body! A study of sedentary behavior and mortality in adults determined we should get up and move every 30 minutes. Of course, the big challenge with doing this is actually remembering to take that break. When you’re in the flow you probably need some help to remember to take those breaks. Here are a few recommendations:

The Pomodoro Technique – The time management trick the Pomodoro Technique is perfect for writers because it helps increase productivity with natural breaks built in. How it works is you select a task you need to do (like writing your next chapter or article) and then set a timer for 25 minutes. Until that timer goes off, you focus 100% on your task. Once time is up, you get a short break (5 minutes is recommended). This is your time to get up, stretch your legs, refill your coffee, or scroll through Twitter a bit. Just make sure you get up and move around. After your break, you set the timer again. After four of these Pomodoro sessions, take a longer break (like 20-30 minutes). This is a good time to get a snack, do some stretching, or get outside (more on this later).

Some writers completely structure their day using Pomodoro and find great success.

Break Apps – There are tons of apps out there to remind you to take a break. You can even use the default Reminders app in your phone to schedule a break every 30 minutes. For your computer, I recommend Stretchly, a free open-sourced application for Windows & Mac computers. It’s customizable and reminds you to take micro-breaks and regular breaks, with suggestions to stretch and get up.

Fitness Trackers with Move Reminders – If you’re already looking to add a fitness tracker to your life to help you reach fitness goals, look for a band or smartwatch with move reminders. These trackers not only track your steps and calories burned but your general movement. If you haven’t gotten up in an hour, they will buzz or chime with a reminder to get up and get moving. I love fitness trackers in general because they help me track how much (or little) activity I’m getting in a day so I can help keep my sedentary lifestyle in check.

2. Give Your Eyes a Break

Since you’re probably spending most of your working hours staring at a screen, you need to think about eye health as well. Computer eyestrain is a real health issue that can cause huge problems. Researchers have found that people blink half as often when looking at a screen than they do normally. This can cause dry eyes, blurry vision, and headaches. When you take your “move” breaks, give your eyes a break as well. A good rule to follow is the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to look at an object at least 20 feet away.

As you walk around the room or head to the kitchen, stroll past a window and look outside or look across the room. Every two hours you should take a longer break (like the Pomodoro technique suggests) where you use zero screens. This is a good time to take a walk outside, exercise, or meditate.

3. Establish Regular Exercise Routine

When I left my office job to freelance from home, suddenly I realized the importance of a regular exercise routine. I quickly slipped into the habit of wearing my PJs all day and barely doing anything physical beyond walking to the kitchen for more tea. Regular exercise is important for everyone, but often it slips by the way-side. Building an exercise habit or regularly scheduled routine is the best way to make sure you’re getting enough fitness into your week. Physically write it in your calendar or schedule it like a meeting.

Get a gym membership and actually go. Or sign up for yoga or pilates classes. If you’re tight on budget or time, use online fitness videos or browse the offerings on Youtube. If you make exercise an important part of your schedule, you’ll be more likely to follow through on your fitness goals, plus your mind and body will benefit.

Healthy Writer Tips: Walk Outdoors

4. Take Walks (or Runs) Outdoors

Unplugging from your computer for 20-30 minutes a day has huge benefits for your mind and your body. One of the best additions I made to my freelance schedule was a mid-day walk. After lunch each day I walk for 30-40 minutes in the park near my house. This time is so wonderful because it allows me to unplug, destress, and connect with nature. If the weather is horrible, I’ll hop on my elliptical for 30 minutes instead. Besides the physical benefits, walking can lift your mood and give a nice long break from your computer screen, benefiting your eyes and body.

If you’re worried about “wasting time,” use your walk to be productive. It can be thinking time (I’ve solved a lot of writer’s block out on my walks), you can listen to audiobooks or podcasts, you can even dictate your writing use speech to text on your phone.

5. Turn Your Desk Into an Exercise Machine

Many writers and other sedentary office workers are modifying their workstations to help them be more active. Standing desks keep you on your feet while you work. You can be even more active by getting an under-desk elliptical trainer to exercise while you work. And if you really want to invest in an active set-up, consider a treadmill or biking desk to really let you work-out as you type.

If those changes are bit too pricey, consider some easier “hacks” to a traditional desk. Spend an hour each day working standing at the kitchen counter with your computer propped on a box. Get an exercise ball to sit on instead of an office chair. It will keep your core engaged as you work. These balance balls are also great at helping improve posture and prevent slouching.

6. Snack Mindfully & Take Breaks for Real Meals

If you work from home, it’s easy to grab unhealthy snack foods and mindlessly stuff your face while your full attention is on your work. Instead, make sure you schedule in a lunch break where you eat a full balanced meal away from your desk (it can count as one of your long breaks). When you need mid-morning or afternoon pick-me-ups, reach for healthy snacks. I like to keep nuts, baby carrots, oranges, and berries on hand. They’re easy to grab and snack on while I work, but also delicious and completely healthy.

7. Stay Hydrated

We’ve all heard the benefits of drinking more water, but are we actually practicing it? My big issue is I get in the zone working for hours and then it’s dinner time and I’m so thirsty. Keep water on hand. I have a big water bottle I keep on my desk and when I take my long breaks I make sure to walk to the kitchen to fill it up. Whenever I’m thirsty, I have plenty of water to drink.

Health Tips for Writers - Stay Healthy & Productive: Stretch Regularly

8. Take Regular Breaks to Stretch Wrists, Hands, and Back

Often when we talk about the pitfalls of desk jobs a lot of focus is given to back pain from poor posture or sitting for long periods of time. Another body part to worry about is our hands, wrists, and arms. Writing requires a lot of typing and those repetitive motions can lead to all sorts of injuries and issues.

To counteract this, there are plenty of stretches and exercises you can do to target these parts of your body. If you’re regularly exercising or doing things like yoga, you may not need to stretch your back as much, but your wrists and hands will definitely need some love. I like to follow short “office yoga” routines that incorporate stretches for all parts of the body. (A 5 minute routine and a 10 minute standing sequence you can try). I try to do these hand and wrist stretches at least once a day. Regular stretching during your breaks will help eliminate pain, reduce fatigue, and let you come back to work relaxed and energized.

9. Meditate

If you’ve never tried meditation before, you may be wondering why I recommend it for writers. I actually recommend meditation for everyone. A regular meditation practice brings tons of benefits, including reduced stress and anxiety, lower blood pressures, and boosted immunities. It also helps increase creativity and focus–two very necessary things to sit down and write a story or article. When I’m feeling frazzled or having trouble focusing, a quick 10 minutes meditation helps me approach my writing with new clarity.

While you can use meditation any time you’re feeling overwhelmed or need to pause and calm your mind, I think a regular habit scheduled into your day will be the most beneficial. Try using a meditation app or guided meditations to build a regular practice.

10. Keep a Regular Schedule (Including Sleep)

If you’re working from home, freelancing, or fortunate enough to be able to focus full-time on your novel, your time is your own. You can work whenever and wherever you want. And that can be a lot of fun: staying up late, wearing PJs if you want, taking a Tuesday off to play. But the lack of structure can be damaging to your productivity and your health.

While you should embrace your flexibility, make sure you’re keeping a regular schedule for yourself. This regularity will make it easier to keep healthy habits like meditation and exercise, as well as making sure you’ve designated time for writing. It’s also important to try and keep your sleep schedule consistent as well. Set an alarm each day and make sure you get up when it goes off. It’s up to you if you want it to be 6 am or 11 am, but make sure you’re getting the full 8 hours of sleep. This consistency will help you sleep better and make sure you’re well rested to get your writing done.

Looking for more tips to enhance your writing life? Learn how to get out of a writing rut and how to set writing goals you can actually achieve.

How to Set Writing Goals You Can Actually Achieve

If you decided to click on this article, I’m guessing you’ve struggled with achieving your writing goals in the past. It’s not surprising, most people grapple with meeting goals and expectations and often find failure. Whether it’s time to set New Year’s Resolutions or you’re planning a new writing project, you can help increase your chance of success by using a few tips to set your intention properly. Use one or all of these recommendations to help you meet your deadlines and up your writing game.

How to Set Writing Goals You Can Actually Achieve

How to Set Achievable Writing Goals

1. Set Realistic Achievable Goals

Sometimes when setting goals, it’s easy to shoot for the moon. Writing a novel in a month sounds great, but if you can barely write 200 words in a day, you’ve already set yourself up for failure. Take into consideration your writing process, your other obligations, and any deadlines when setting quantity goals. If you’ve been struggling with writer’s block or trying to start a new project, feel free to go easy on yourself. It’s better to set a low goal of 200 words a day and overshoot it most days than to set an ambitious goal of 500 words a day and miss it most days.

If you have big goals in mind, like writing a novel, make sure to break that project up into mini goals with firm time frames. Give yourself daily, weekly, or monthly word count goals and set a “deadline” date for yourself. This will help you avoid procrastination and make the big goal more manageable and less overwhelming.

2. Set Goals You Can Control

As you’re brainstorming your writing goals, make sure you identify any goals that are beyond your control. While selling a story to a prized magazine, winning a big literary award or getting into an exclusive writing workshop are worthwhile dreams to work toward, you can’t control the outcome of those situations. Instead, you should identify steps you can take to work toward those dreams and set them as your goals.

If you want to sell a short story to a well-known magazine, set goals like writing X short stories in a year or sending out XX submissions to editors. Those goals will help you in two ways: you’ll write stories that the magazine could potentially buy and you’re getting more practice as a writer, which increases your chance of being published.

How to Set Writing Goals You Can Achieve

3. Write Your Goals Down

This might seem like a given, but it’s surprising the number of people who do not write down their goals. If you just keep your writing goals in your head, you’re far more likely to fail to achieve them. So get out a piece of paper or record them on your computer or phone. Record each project, break down the different steps, and set deadlines for each one.

4. Share Your Goals

This is another trick to ensure your success. Share your writing goals with your spouse, friends, or mentor. This will make you 65% more likely to reach your goals. To improve your success even further, have an accountability partner that you check in with regularly. This can be another friend who is a writer or a writers group in person or online. Not only will this relationship help you achieve your goals, but it gives you someone to commiserate with when you’re fighting writer’s block or getting frustrated by rejection.

5. Set Aside Dedicated Writing Time

Building a regular writing habit in your life is one of the best ways to set yourself up to success when it comes to writing goals. When you set a dedicated time to write and build a regular habit, it will make it easier to get your words done each day. Just like how you have an early morning habit of taking a shower, getting dressed, and brushing your teeth, your writing practice can become an “automatic” process.

Pick a frequency and time in your schedule that will work for you. Whether it’s every day or certain days of the week, put it on your calendar as an official appointment with yourself. If you have a job and family obligations, you may have to be a little creative. If you make writing time a priority, you will be more likely to meet the goals you’ve set.

Read some tips on how to find time to write.

Set Aside Dedicated Writing Time to Achieve Your Goals

6. Track Your Progress

The more often you monitor your progress toward a goal, the more likely you are to achieve that goal. This is one of the reasons word count tracking spreadsheets are so popular with writers. You may have to try a few different systems before you find the right one for you. For me, habit tracking was more useful that word tracking since I spend a lot of time rewriting and editing, so I use a habit tracking app instead.

At a minimum, you should regularly read over your goals, note your progress, and make adjustments to your plan.

Looking for more ways to inspire your writing? Read these inspirational writing quotes. Check out these tools to destroy writer’s block. These movies about writers will give your brain a writing break and inspire you at the same time. These inspirational books on writing will remind you about what you love about the craft. And these quirky pens will add some fun to your writing routine. Make sure to follow these healthy living tips for writers.

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15 Funny & Cute T-shirts for Writers

Practical gifts are gifts well appreciated, and there’s nothing more practical than clothing. But rather than buying socks, you can get a fun and inspiring present. These t-shirt for writers are an interesting mix of funny shirts and cute designs, which make perfect gifts for Christmas, birthdays, or other occasions. Check them out below to find the perfect t-shirt for your author.

15 T-shirts for Writers

1. Shhh! I’m Eavesdropping for Dialogue Ideas T-shirt

The best writing inspiration comes from writers’ lives, and this funny t-shirt broadcasts that loud and clear. With a big listening ear, this shirt says “Shh! I’m Eavesdropping for Dialogue Ideas.” This hilarious t-shirt is great for novelists and screenwriters alike.

Sizes: Men, Women, & Youth

Colors: Black, Blue, White, Brown, Yellow

2. I Write Because If I Don’t My Mind Might Explode T-shirt

This is a funny t-shirt for those writers with minds that don’t stop running. If they’re constantly thinking about their stories or plotting in their head, then they can relate to that feeling of needing to get their characters down on the page. Great gift to show your support for Christmas or a birthday.

Sizes: Men, Women, & Youth

Colors: Black, Navy, Blue, Brown, Purple

3. I Heart Non-Fiction T-shirt

Fiction writers aren’t the only ones who deserve a nice t-shirt. This is the shirt for all those non-fiction writers like memoirists, bloggers, and journalists. It boldly proclaims: “I <3 non-fiction." Sizes: Men, Women, & Youth

Colors: Slate, White, Silver, Yellow, Pink

4. Future Best Selling Author T-shirt

This is the t-shirt for the aspiring young writer in your life. It proclaims exactly what they dream of achieving, becoming a best-selling author.

Sizes: Men, Women, & Youth

Colors: Black, Blue, Red, Brown, Purple

5. Go Away I’m Writing The Next Blockbuster T-shirt

This is the perfect, funny t-shirt for screenwriters who need to be left alone so they can finish their script. Perfect to wear to coffee shops or ward off nosy family members who keep you away from your brilliant movie screenplay.

Sizes: Men, Women, & Youth

Colors: Black, Navy, Blue, Olive

6. Be Careful Or You’ll End Up In My Novel Shirt

A writer’s greatest revenge is portraying their enemies poorly in their stories. This hilarious t-shirt is the perfect warning. It says “Be careful, or you’ll end up in my novel.” Perfect to wear on first dates, to class, or while writing in a cafe. Makes a nice gift for the snarky author in your life.

Sizes: Men, Women, & Youth

Colors: Black, Navy, Asphalt, Brown, Purple

7. Writing is My Superpower

This t-shirt celebrates the real truth about writing: it’s a superpower! Perfect gift for writers who love comic books, super heros, or continue to work on their novel in their free time avoiding the impossible time-sucks of Netflix and social media.

Sizes: Men, Women & Youth

Colors: Black, Navy, Kelly Green, Dark Heather, Purple

8. Single – Taken – Busy Writing T-shirt

Single - Taken - Busy Writing T-shirts for Writers

Career driven writers will appreciate this funny tee. Their relationship status is “Busy Writing.” A unique and fun way to show their priority is working on their novel.

Colors: Black, Asphalt, Forest, Royal Blue, Red

9. Plotting a Murder T-shirt

This is the perfect shirt for mystery and horror writers who are frequently plotting the most dramatic murders and deaths. It features a typewriter and the ominous phrase: “Plotting a murder.” Be the envy of all the other authors in your writer’s group.

Sizes: Men & Women

Colors: Black, Asphalt, Slate, Dark Heather, Heather Blue

10. I’m So Adjective I Verb Noun T-shirt

I'm So Adjective I Verb Noun T-shirt

If you’re looking for funny t-shirts for writers that are a little bit outside the box, this one is great. It reminds me of doing Mad Libs. “I’m So Adjective I Verb Noun.” Also a cute shirt for English teachers.

Sizes: Unisex, Ladies, & Hoodies

Colors: Black, Dark Heather Gray, Heather Gray, Pink

11. Writer Facts

This funny shirt gives Writer Facts in the style of a food nutritional label. It smartly describes what makes up a storyteller, like bravery, insanity, passion, and of course: writer’s block tolerance. This is one of the most original t-shirts for writers.

Sizes: Men, Women, & Youth

Colors: Black, Red, Heather Blue, Purple, Dark Heather

12. Nevermo’ Poe Shirt

Nevermo' Edgar Allan Poe Shirt

Literary shirts are a big hit with writers, and this one is a lot of fun for Edgar Allan Poe fans. It’s a twist on the classic line “Nevermore” from his poem “The Raven,” presenting a hip and modern poet with chains and a hat. Book lovers and writers alike will enjoy this hilarious shirt.

Sizes: Men, Women, & Youth

Colors: Gray, Blue, Pink, White

13. Premium Quality Writer T-shirt

Premium Quality Writer Shirt

This is another fun writing t-shirt with a nice professional design. It says “Genuine & Trusted Writer Premium Quality.” It’s a great gift to let a writer know you think their writing is fantastic. It’s also a good gift for copywriters and other professional writers.

Sizes: Men & Women

Colors: Asphalt, Black, Yellow, navy

14. I’m Silently Correcting Your Grammar T-shirt

This is the shirt for those writers who are also editors or really appreciate proper grammar. It says “I’m Silently Correcting Your Grammar” with lots of copyediting marks. Funny and creative t-shirt design any writer will appreciate.

15. I’m a Writer, I Dream While Awake T-shirt

If you’re looking for t-shirts for writers that are more inspirational, this one fits the bill. It says, “I’m a writer, I dream while awake,” and features a beautiful illustration of a moon and stars. This makes a nice gift to inspire a new writer.

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Custom Mini Book Necklace - Unique Gifts for Writers

10 Unique Gifts for Writers (No Journals or Mugs!)

If your loved one is an author or aspiring writer, they’ve gotten tons of writing-related gifts for birthdays or Christmas. You’ve probably bought them plenty of pens, journals, or writing books to nourish their creative passion. But this year you want to be different, you want to be creative and get them a gift that’s truly one of a kind. These unique gifts for writers are fun, inspiring, and special. They’ll show that you not only love the writer in your life but that you’ve put a lot of thought into their special gift. Check them out below.

Unique Gifts for Writers & Authors

1. Mini Leather Book Necklace

Mini Book Necklace - Unique Gifts for Writers

This is one of the most unique gifts for writers. Home of the Muse makes these cute mini-book necklaces. They are handmade from leather and feature actual pages inside when you open the book. Give as is or write a special message or story inside for your loved one.

2. The Procrastinator’s Handbook

Many writers have an issue with…putting off writing. It’s a common issue, but tricky to tackle. If the writer in your life seems to distract themselves from their project by playing video games or cleaning out the fridge, they may need to address their procrastination problem. The Procrastinator’s Handbook by Rita Emmett combines her advice with humor to teach the reader tips and techniques to master their procrastination. This is one of the few unique gifts for writers that address a major stumbling block for many creative types.

3. Crystal Creativity Bracelet

Crystal Creativity Bracelet for Writers

Crystals are frequently used to influence emotions and help pursue personal outcomes. Many crystals are perfect to stimulate creativity and this bracelet features three of them. With beads made from Carnelian, Chrysocolla, and Lapis Lazuli, this jewelry helps promote self-expression, self-trust, and remove creative blocks. This bracelet is a lovely gift for writers that not only looks beautiful but can help them pursue their creative passions. Makes a great stocking stuffer or romantic Valentine’s Day gift.

Learn more about crystal bracelet meanings.

4. Dry Erase Board

A lot of writing time isn’t spent writing. Instead, it’s spent brainstorming, working out plot hiccups, and just trying to figure out how to end the damn story. A dry-erase board is a perfect tool for a writer’s office. Great for brainstorming, arranging index cards, or just getting a little creative.

Include a nice set of dry erase markers and sticky notes, and your writer will be ready to tackle their next project.

5. A Fitness Tracker

I know what you’re thinking: what does this have to do with writing? Well, a lot actually. Writing is an incredibly sedentary activity: an author sits at a desk and writes. Sometimes they’re spending hours each day writing and reading. This can lead to a ton of health problems. A fitness tracker can help remind them to exercise and meet fitness goals. Many bands also have built-in Move Reminders that make sure they get up and move around at least once every hour. Plus, exercise boosts creativity, so you’re still helping their writing career.

If you’re on a budget, check out the best cheap fitness trackers.

6. Writer Business Cards

Writer Business Cards

Most people don’t think of business cards when they think of authors, but writing is a business like any other. It requires networking and building connections in the publishing industry. If the writer in your life is attending conventions and meeting other writers at local events, having some high-quality business cards can really help them make a good impression. These cards are unique gifts for writers and are greatly appreciated by cash-strapped newbies and students.

7. A Writing Space Away From home

If your writer doesn’t have a dedicated office or often finds themselves distracted by kids, pets, or chores, sometimes the best gift is somewhere to go and just write. This will depend on how your writer likes to work, but you can buy them a subscription to a co-working space or a dedicated writers space where they can go daily to focus on their work (the Writer’s WorkSpace in Chicago is a great example of this kind of space). If your writer prefers to work in a coffee shop, buy them a gift card to their favorite cafe. If your loved one is frugal and prefers to write at the library, make them some IOU cards (get free printables) for things like watching the kids for two hours or taking care of chores so they can go write. If you’ve got a big budget, fund a writing retreat weekend for them at a hotel, cabin, or other picturesque location.

The gift of time to create is priceless and greatly appreciated by any busy writer.

8. Typewriter Jewelry Box

Typewriters have a special place in most writer’s hears, even if they do their writing on a computer. This gift is a nice reminder of vintage typewriters but with a hidden purpose. This is actually trinket box, perfect for storing jewelry, pens, or other little knick knacks. It looks great on a shelf, a dresser, or even a writing desk.

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9. A Writer’s Website

Once a writer starts publishing stories or books, they’ll need an online presence to keep fans up to date on their latest work and advertise to new readers. One of the most important ways to do this is through a website, but some writers put this step off. A practical and unique gift for writers is to buy them a domain and web hosting. Usually, the best domain features their pen name so it will be easy for fans to search and find them.

We use Dreamhost because it is perfect for buying domains and hosting our website all in one place. They’re also incredibly easy to use with WordPress, making them a great option for beginners.

10. A Customized Writer’s Gift Basket

DIY A Customized Writer's Gift Basket
The best gifts are the ones that come from the heart. With a little time and some creative thinking, you can create one of the most unique gifts for writers: a 100% customized gift basket. Make it an emergency kit of all the comfort foods and items your author needs during writer block or an editing crisis. Or create an inspiration basket full of inspiring books, art, and trinkets. Or do a combination of both.

Check out our article on DIY Writer Gift Baskets for tons of ideas.

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Toni Morrison Writing Quote

50 Inspiring Quotes About Writing

All writers know the drill. Things are going great, you’re speeding along on a new draft or just finished a story you’re proud of. Then it hits. Maybe it’s writer’s block, self-doubt, or your internal critic getting in the way. Either way, you need a little inspiration to keep going. This page is a collection of 50 inspiring quotes to get you through those challenges and remind you of the magic of writing.

“That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.” – Tim O’Brien

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
–Louis L’Amour

“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
-Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison Writing Quote

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

“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”
–Jane Yolen

“I start with a question. Then try to answer it.”
–Mary Lee Settle

“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”
–Robert Louis Stevenson

“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.”
—Larry L. King

“You can fix anything but a blank page.”
–Nora Roberts

“If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.”
–Edgar Rice Burroughs

“Serious writers write, inspired or not. Over time they discover that routine is a better friend than inspiration.”
–Ralph Keyes

“Good writing is rewriting.”
–Truman Capote

“When asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer, ‘one word at a time.'”
-Stephen King
Stephen King Writing Quote

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
― Madeleine L’Engle

“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

“One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.”
—Lawrence Block

“It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.”
–C. J. Cherryh

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
–Anaïs Nin

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
–Ernest Hemingway

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”
― Aldous Huxley

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
― W. Somerset Maugham

“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.”
― Beatrix Potter

“Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”
—Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury Writing Quote

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

“Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.”
― Philip José Farmer

“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”
—Harper Lee

“I hate writing, I love having written.”
― Dorothy Parker

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
-E.L. Doctorow

“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”
―Octavia E. Butler

“Ideas aren’t magical; the only tricky part is holding on to one long enough to get it written down.”
― Lynn Abbey

“Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees. Writing is more like sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain.”
-Elie Wiesel

“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”
–Stephen King

“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.”
― Agatha Christie

“Indeed, learning to write may be part of learning to read. For all I know, writing comes out of a superior devotion to reading.”
― Eudora Welt

“If you show someone something you’ve written, you give them a sharpened stake, lie down in your coffin, and say, ‘When you’re ready’.”
― David Mitchell

“A word after a word after a word is power.”
― Margaret Atwood

“A good book isn’t written, it’s rewritten.”
― Phyllis A. Whitney

“Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.”
― Khaled Hosseini

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

“Read deeply. Stay open. Continue to wonder.”
― Austin Kleon

“Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.”
― Gloria Steinem

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

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
-Richard Bach
Richard Bach Writing Quote

“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.”
― Octavia Butler,

“Nothing’s a better cure for writer’s block than to eat ice cream right out of the carton.”
― Don Roff

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
― Sylvia Plath

“A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.”
― Samuel Johnson

“Yes, the story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it.”
-Jules Renard

“Don’t get it right – get it WRITTEN!”
― Lee Child

Still need some inspiration? Check out this article on how to get out of a writing rut and these inspirational books for writers. Unstick your story with these tools for destroying writer’s block.

Check out these photos of famous authors at their writing desks to help you get in the writing mood.

10 Writing Activities for Kids & Aspiring Authors

10 Writing Activities for Kids & Aspiring Authors

10 Writing Activities for Kids & Aspiring Authors
Many children aspire to be writers or have an interest in reading. Parents and teachers can help focus this creativity into fun writing projects with the activities on this page. These writing activities for kids and young writers help inspire creativity while teaching them how to explore things like character, setting, and dialogue. The activities can be given as school assignments or just as a fun exercise to do in a writing journal on their own time.

10 Best Writing Activities for Kids

1. Dream Story

Have the kids remember a dream they’ve had recently and use that as a starting point for their story. They can write their dream exactly as they remember it or elaborate on it and take it in a crazy direction. This activity is an easy way to teach children that there’s no limit to their imagination and introduce them to magical realism.

The Bucket Rider by Franz Kafka is a very short magical realism story in the vein of a dream story that you can share with your young aspiring writer.

2. Write a Collaborative Story

This activity is the Exquisite Corpse of writing activities, perfect for a classroom activity or for siblings and friends to do at home. Generally, it works better with groups of four or more writers. Take a piece of paper and have the first child write a beginning to the story. After three or four sentences, fold the paper so only the last line is visible and pass it to the next child. Each child adds three to four sentences and the last one finished the story. Pick someone to read the story out loud so everyone can enjoy the results. Usually, they’re quite funny. This activity is perfect to teach about collaboration.

3. A Name Poem

This is a good writing activity for younger kids, including preschool, kindergarteners and first graders that are learning to write their letters and spell. This type of poem is known as an acrostic poem, as the first letter of each line spells a name. Have the child write their name down the left side of a page. Then have them take each letter and pick a word that describes them. They can do this with friends and family names as well.

An example:


4. Daily Journal

If you want to teach your kids how to build a daily writing habit, a daily journal is a perfect activity. Get them a notebook or journal and set aside time each day for them to do their writing. They can write about what they did that day or write stories or free write. Whatever they want to write is up to them, just encourage the regular habit which will serve them well as an adult writer.

5. Rewrite a Fairy Tale

When your aspiring author is interested in writing traditional stories with a beginning, middle, or end, this activity will help teach them about story structure. Have them pick their favorite fairy tale and write their own version of it. They can get as creative as they want. The Three Little Pigs can become the Three Wise Owls. Have them reimagine the whole tale based on their changes and then write it down.

When they’ve mastered a retelling, have them try writing a fairy tale of their own.

6. Make Your Own Ending

After watching a movie or reading a book that your child doesn’t like, suggest they write their own ending. They can choose what point in the story they want to change and write from there until it’s done. When they’re done, ask them why they disliked the original ending and why they like this ending better. This exercise will help them think critically about endings and the way they make readers feel.

10 Writing Activities for Kids & Aspiring Authors

7. Picture Prompt

Find pictures online or in magazines. Let the kids look through the photos and find one they like the most. Have them write a story based on the people or places in the photos. You can make this activity more interesting by having them pick a variety of photos of places and people to blend together in one story.

8. Write a How To

This is an exercise that is good to teach children how to visualize actions and explain them in their writing. Have them pick an activity they like to do and know how to do without help. Examples could be picking up their room, building a house with blocks, or drawing a picture. Have them write how to do that thing, step by step. When they finish, have them read the steps to you as you try to do the activity. This will teach them how important it is to get details on the page so the reader understands what they’re thinking.

9. Mad Libs

It may not seem like a writing exercise, but Mad Libs are an excellent way to teach children about sentence composition and different types of words. Use some free printables to help teach them about nouns, adverbs, and adjectives. Plus, they’re a ton of fun.

10. Write a Book

If your child enjoys drawing as well, this activity can let them explore their creativity in both arenas. Take five or more sheets of paper and fold them in half so they form a book. Use a stapler to secure them in the middle. Have them write a story and draw pictures to go along with it. When they’re done, they’ll have their own picture book with their name on the cover.

Looking for more ways to inspire the young writer in your life? Check out these creative gifts for aspiring writers.

Cool Story Poe Mug - Gifts for English Teachers

15 Edgar Allan Poe Gifts for Fans & Readers

Edgar Allan Poe is a gothic and macabre writer and poet beloved by many modern days authors and readers. If you have a loved one who is obsessed with Poe, you know how their fascination can be a fixation. So when holidays and birthdays roll around, Edgar Allan Poe gifts are perfect to wow them! We’ve gathered some of the coolest, kookiest, and most interesting gift ideas for Edgar Allan Poe fans. Check them out:

15 Edgar Allen Poe Gifts

1. Edgar Allan Poe Lifesize Standee

This is the closest you’ll come to having Mr. Poe himself live and in person in your home or classroom. Any true Poe fanatic would be over the moon to receive this gift! This cardboard standee is 68″ high and features a black and white image of the famous author himself and his raven. It comes with a stand-up easel so you can display him anywhere.

Made in the USA from recycled materials.

2. Cool Story Poe Tote Bag

Cool Story Poe Tote Bag

Whether they need to carry books to class or a laptop to work, this tote bag is one of the best Edgar Allan Poe gifts you can give. Practical, check. Poe themed, check. Cool AF, check. This 100% cotton tote bag features an illustration of Poe wearing sunglasses and a raven on his shoulder.

3. Edgar Allan Poe Saint Candle

Summon the spirit of Poe to inspire writing or add a spooky vibe to a night of reading. This 8.5″ prayer candle features a gorgeous illustration of the author along with a prayer on the back. This is a fun gift that any Poe fanatic will appreciate displaying in their home.

4. Poe Floating Quote Art

Poe Floating Quote Art

This piece is a lovely and romantic gift idea. BurntBranch makes gorgeous floating quotes, printed on transparency film and protected between two layers of glass in an elegant black frame. This piece features a quote from Poe’s poem “Annabel Lee”: “We loved with a love that was more than love.” A beautiful gift, it’s great to give a loved one for Valentine’s day, an anniversary, or even a birthday.

If you’re looking for a more platonic gift, the shop offers other Poe quotes.

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5. Edgar Allan Poe Action Figure

Readers and literary geeks can’t be denied their own action figures! This figure from Accoutrements is of the great writer Poe himself. 5.25″ tall, this vinyl action figure is an accurate representation of the author, it even comes with its own raven. Looks great displayed on a bookcase or on a writer’s desk.

6. Annabel Lee Candle

Annabel Lee Candle Edgar Allan Poe Gifts

One of Poe’s most famous poems is the sweet but sad poem told from the point of view of a man who loves a woman who died. (Read it here.) Scently Delightful has made this lovely candle inspired by the poem. The scent is a blend of sea greens, sage, and sea salt, referencing back to the kingdom by the sea. The candle comes in a beautiful jar ready to give as a gift.

7. The Raven Scarf

One of Poe’s most famous writings is a poem called “The Raven” (read it here). This gorgeous scarf features the poem in full along with vintage illustrations from an early print edition. The soft beige shawl is the same color as an old book page and it will match well with many outfits. A beautiful gift for any women who love Poe’s poetry.

8. Poe Some Sugar On Me Sugar Bowl

Poe Some Sugar on Me Sugar Bowl

This is a unique and funny book for Poe fans that enjoy drinking tea or coffee. This sugar bowl made by Kenny Clay Co features the image of the famous poet with the text “Poe Some Sugar on Me.” This handmade ceramic bowl is made from upcycled vintage china. 2.5″ wide by 3.6″ high.

9. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe

Many readers know Poe for his world-famous short stories, but he preferred poetry. For new fans of Poe’s work, this complete collection of poetry makes a wonderful gift. Readers will be entranced by his soulful and haunting words and verse. It includes classic poems like “The Raven,” “Annabel Lee,” and “The Bells.”

10. Poe Quote Tights

Poe Quote Tights - Edgar Allan Poe Gifts

This is one of the coolest Edgar Allan Poe gifts we’ve seen! MyTightsShop makes tons of interesting, specialty tights. This set features quotes from Poe’s work, along with gorgeous vintage illustrations. Available in beige, white, and silver. One size fits from small to x-large.

11. Poe Me Another Cup Mug

This funny coffee mug is perfect for literary fans and Edgar Allan Poe lovers. It features an illustration of the writer, with a raven perched on his head holding a teacup. It says: “Poe me another cup,” with a fun play on the writer’s name. Include some of the gift receiver’s favorite coffee or tea to create a nice gift bag.

This 11 oz. mug is dishwasher and microwave safe.

12. Edgar Allan Poe Nevermore Raven Tie

Edgar Allan Poe Nevermore Raven Tie

For the Poe loving gentleman in your life, this classic tie makes a great gift. This satin tie features an image of a raven with text from “Nevermore.” This tie is perfect to wear to special events or the office, it also looks great on English professors.

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13. Edgar Allan Poe Socks

Socks are often given as a practical gift, but this pair has a literary twist. Featuring an embroidery of the famous author Poe, these socks also have a raven perched on his shoulder saying “Nevermore!”

Made in the USA, these socks come in gray or crimson and feature Poe’s signature on the bottom of the sock.

14. Edgar Allan Poe Enamel Pin

Edgar Allan Poe Enamel Pin

If you’re looking for a tiny Poe gift to add to a gift bag or give as a stocking stuffer, check this out. This handmade enaml pin features the classic image of the author Edgar Allan Poe. Perfect for pinning to a jean jacket or a bag or purse.

15. The Raven Figure

The raven is one of the most well-known characters in Poe’s work and every fan deserves to have a bird of their own. And it talks! This raven figure is perfect to display on a desk or bookcase and when you press the button it says “Nevermore!” The raven comes with a copy of the classic poem, making it a fantastic gift for any Poe fanatics.

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