Book Inscription Ideas

What to Write in a Book for a Gift – Book Inscription Ideas

What to Write in a Book for a Gift - Book Inscription Ideas

Books make wonderful gifts, not only for avid readers and writers but also other people in your life. The right book for the right occasion can create a lasting and memorable gift that will be cherished for years to come. Events like graduation, milestone birthdays, or the “birth of a baby are a great time to give a book as a gift. To make the gift even more personal, you should consider adding an inscription to the book.

Inscribing a book for a gift adds a special touch that creates an emotional connection to a book and turns it into a keepsake rather than just another book on the shelf. But often people wonder what to write in a book? What can you inscribe in a book to make the gift meaningful and treasured? We’ll take you through all the steps including how to inscribe a book and where to write your message in the book, along with some book inscription ideas.

Why write an inscription in a book gift?

What to Inscribe in a Book?A personalized inscription in a book takes what could be a generic and easily forgotten gift and turns it into a meaningful keepsake. That book then has a memory attached to it that the receiver will recall every time they look at the book and reread the inscription. Think of it as a way to turn any book into a time capsule of a special moment or event in their life. That’s why giving a book with a handwritten inscription inside is a perfect gift for milestone events like graduation or marriage.

Book inscriptions are also a way to connect personally with the book receiver. You can use it to share why you gave them the book, especially if it’s a book you love or have a personal attachment to.

While you can write a note or inscription in any book, there may be certain types of books and gifts you shouldn’t inscribe. These may include:

  • College textbooks or reference books
  • Gifts for readers who like to keep their books in mint condition
  • Rare or valuable collectors books that are worth a lot of money
  • Books the receiver may want to return or exchange (eg. you’re not sure if they already own it)
  • Blank journals

Ultimately the decision is up to you. Adding a book inscription can really make a gift extra special.



How to Write a Book Inscription

Deciding what to write in a book for a gift

You’ve decided to add a personal note to your book gift but now you wonder how to inscribe a book?

What do you want your inscription to be about?

The first step is to decide what you want to say with your inscription. You should start by thinking about what kind of message you’d like to convey. Do you want it to be thoughtful? Funny? Do you want to make it a memory about a specific event? Do you want to impart some wisdom or advice?

Do a little brainstorming, you can even come up with a few different ideas.

Practice crafting your message

Inscribing a Book for a GiftGet a scrap piece of paper and grab a pen. Try writing down a few different messages until you get the exact wording that you want. Make sure it conveys the memories, ideas, and feelings you brainstormed in the first step.

To really create a special gift, make sure the note is meaningful and personal. If it’s appropriate, try including inside jokes or using a nickname.

If you’re giving the book for a special event like a milestone birthday or a graduation, include advice for them as they embark on their next stage of life. Make sure to wish them luck.

If the book you’re gifting is one you’ve read before, make sure to include in the note why it’s so special to you or why you’re recommending it.

Make sure to craft your message to the book. If it’s a book about penguins, mention how the person or child is like your “little penguin.”

Feel free to use a dictionary to check your spelling.

Deciding Where to Inscribe a Book

Generally, you want to inscribe the book somewhere near the front. Depending on how the book is laid out may determine the best place to write. Look for a page where there is very little writing or a black page.

You can write your note on:

  • the inside front cover
  • the blank page before the title page
  • the title page

If you’d like to write an inscription in a book, but you don’t want to write on the book itself there is a “cheat.” Find a nice piece of stationary the same size or smaller than the book and write your note on it. Tuck it inside the front cover of the book when you’re done writing it.

Writing the inscription

Book Inscription IdeasOnce you’ve decided what to inscribe in a book gift and where to write it, it’s time to put pen to paper!

Find a nice pen that writes in a crisp ink of any color. Don’t use a marker that may bleed through the pages or a pencil that could smear or fade over time. Test the pen on your scrap paper to make sure it’s working.

Address the inscription to the person who will receive the book. Use a nickname or pet name if it’s appropriate.

Write your special note.

Then sign your name or nickname.

Don’t forget to add the date! This can be done at the top of the inscription or next to your signature. If the book is meant to mark a special date (wedding, birthday, graduation, etc.) include the full date. For other situations, you could simply write the year or something like “Christmas 2016.”

Sample Book Inscriptions

Still feeling stuck on what to write in your book gift? Check out these examples to help give you some book inscription ideas:

Inscriptions for Baby Book Gifts

For future adventures,
future laughs, future tears,
and a future full of dreams come true.

To my little bunny,
welcome to the world.

Little One,
There are big things in your future.

Check out these original baby shower book gifts.

Graduation Book Gift Inscriptions

Congratulations!
This is the first big success
in a lifetime sure to be filled
with hundreds more!

Be proud today as we celebrate
your accomplishments from the last 4 years.
Know there are more challenges ahead,
but that means there will be more celebrations too!

I’ve watched you grow and learn,
from ABCs to a + b = c.
I’m so proud of you.
Congratulations on your graduation!

Check out these ideas for unforgettable books for high school graduates and essential books for college graduates.

Cookbook Inscription Ideas

I’ve already marked all of the delicious cakes
you should bake me for my future birthdays.

So you can finally learn how
to cook something that doesn’t go
in the microwave.

Here are some ideas for tasty
treats you can make.
Don’t forget to share!

Milestone 21st Birthday Book Inscription Idea

Remember these wild and youthful years.
They go by so fast! (And the best way to remember
them is to never get blackout drunk)
Love, Mom

I wish I’d read this book when
I was your age. Make mistakes,
but nothing like what happens in chapter 12!

This book at cocktail recipes
will ensure you’re never the one
at the party drinking Bud Light.

Give your book gift

Once you’ve written your inscription, the gift is ready to go. Wrap it or put it in a gift bag and give it to the recipient when the time is right. The inscription will add meaning and personalize the book you’re giving. The recipient will always remember that special time when they read your thoughtful message inside.


Want to buy the perfect gift, but don’t know what books to get? Check out our recommendations for unforgettable books for high school graduates and thoughtful baby shower book gifts. We even have a few book recommendations for fans of the Broadway musical Hamilton.

If you’re shopping for a writer, check out these inspirational book gifts for writers, essential reference books for writers, and the best books on writing fiction.

Don’t forget to get a unique bookmark to go with your book gift.

50 Amazing Gifts for Book Lovers for 2022

It can be tricky to find an original gift idea for an avid reader or bookworm. They already own a lot of books, so sometimes you need to think outside the bookcase for a gift they’ll never forget. If you’re struggling for a gift to get your favorite bookworm, don’t worry. Here are 50 creative and original gifts to give the book lover in your life.

1. Card Catalog: 30 Notecards for the Library of Congress

30 beautiful reproductions of notecards from the Library of Congress. Comes in a replica card catalog drawer.


2. Leg Bookmarks

Leg Bookmarks Reader Gifts

Handmade bookmarks featuring the legs of beloved characters such as the Wicked Witch of the East, Harry Potter, the Hobbit, and more. Close your book and it looks like their legs are sticking out! Super cute.

Check out more unique bookmarks for readers.


3. Novel Teas – Tea Bags with Literary Quotes

Includes 25 individual teabags with literary quotes. Would go perfectly with the next item on our list…


Continue reading 50 Amazing Gifts for Book Lovers for 2022

20 Cool & Unique Bookmarks for Readers

A tried and true gift for any book lover is a bookmark. Readers can never have enough, and they’ll be pleased to receive anything that’s not a piece of cardboard with a tassel tied to it.

These bookmarks are cute, funny, and unique. They make a great gift when combined with a book or a clever stocking stuffer. Pick out one (or two, or three!) for your favorite bookworm. They’re sure to please.

1. Zipmark Zipper Bookmarks

Colorful zipper bookmark keeps your place and makes a fun and quirky gift for any bookworm. The plastic zipper makes it look like you’ve zipped your book shut.


2. Clip On LED Booklight Bookmark

Get two gifts in one: a cool bookmark to hold their place and a convenient LED booklight to light up their page at night. Makes a fun stocking stuffer for readers.


3. Help Me! Hand Bookmarks

Another colorful set of bookmarks featuring hands. It’s the perfect way to cry for help when you’re trapped in a good book you can’t stop reading.




4. Clip it Quote Bookmarks

This is a fun set of bookmarks that makes a fantastic stocking stuffer for book lovers. With four bookmarks included, they each have humorous quotes like “Fell asleep here” or “Just one more chapter.” I really enjoy the very true quote: “Never judge a book by its movie.” And of course, the final one is the ever appropriate “Book Nerd.”


5. Leg Bookmarks

Leg Bookmarks Reader Gifts

Handmade bookmarks featuring the legs of beloved characters such as the Wicked Witch of the East, Harry Potter, the Hobbit, and more.


6. Astronaut Bookmark

This unique bookmark is a must-have for science fiction fans. It features an astronaut staking his flag on a discovered planet. When it’s in the book, it looks like the astronaut is standing on the pages.

Check out more gifts for science fiction and fantasy writers.


7. “Be Right Back” Bookmark

Be Right Back Bookmark

This bookmark is perfect for any reader to mark their place in a book they can’t wait to get back to.


8. Finger Point Handy Bookmark

This bookmark points to the exact spot a reader leaves off in their book. Comes with 6 in different vibrant colors. Perfect for pleasure reading or marking textbooks.


9. Hippo Bookmark

Adorable bookmark of a hippo swimming beneath the pages. Perfect for animal lovers.


10. Sprout Leaf Bookmarks

These cute little green leaves make an adorable bookmark for any bookworm.


11. Dino & Shark Bookmarks

This is a 2-for-1! This pack comes with two bookmarks: one is a great shark and the other is a t-rex. The body goes between the pages of the book, leaving the heads peeking above like the shark and dinosaur are ready to leap out at you.


12. Metal Feather Bookmark

This is an elegant and classy bookmark. Makes a perfect gift for book lovers who read historical romance or fantasy.


13. Steampunk Cogs and Gears Bronze Bookmark

Steampunk Cogs & Gears Bookmark

This is an amazing and unique gift for any reader who loves steampunk. This bronze bookmark features gears and moving parts from a watch. It also has a tiny locket style box perfect for putting a photo or a note to the receiver.


14. Personalized Metal Bookmark

Personalized Metal Bookmark

This is a gift that goes beyond the flimsy cardboard bookmarks found in most bookstores. This personalized bookmark is made from stainless steel and engraved with any special message or the name of your reader. This is the kind of bookmark that becomes a precious keepsake.


15. Animal Butt Bookmarks

Animal Butt Bookmarks

A variety of handmade animal bookmarks as well as mythical creatures like mermaids and unicorns. You’re sure to find one of your reader’s favorite animal.


16. Abducted UFO Bookmark

This bookmark is the perfect gift for sci-fi writers. It looks like a UFO beaming up a cow. A fun way to mark your place in any science fiction book.


17. Killer Whale Bookmark

Any reader who loves the ocean will love this bookmark. This cool killer whale bookmark works so it looks like the creature is leaping out of the pages of a book like it jumps from the water.


18. Fruitmarks Fruit Bookmark

Turn any book into a cocktail! These Fruitmarks are super cute bookmarks that let you put a “wedge of fruit” on the corner of a book. Available as grapefruit, lime, orange, or lemon.


19. Bookworm Bookmark

If your loved one is a bookworm, they’ll appreciate this literal bookworm to mark their novel. This plastic bookmark curls around the pages on the corner of the book to make sure he holds your place. Super cute bookmark.

Available in blue, green, and red.


20. Metal Mermaid Bookmark

A beautiful bookmark for any reader who has dreamed of living under the sea. The tail hooks over the spine of the book as if the mermaid is diving into the story. This metal bookmark is brass colored, making it look antique.

Check out more mermaid gifts.


Looking for more fun gift ideas for readers? Check out these board games for book lovers and our gifts for readers megalist.

Jane Austen Action Figure

20 Must Have Gifts for Jane Austen Fans

If you’re a fan of Jane Austen, or have one in your life that you’re looking for a unique and fun gift for, you’ve seen all the usual Jane Austen gifts and spin-offs like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or Pride and Prejudice on Blu-ray. It’s a little trickier to find a truly original gift that will surprise and delight a Jane Austen fan.

We’ve scoured the web and found a list of essential gifts for Jane Austen fans that any Janeite will love.

1. Jane Austen Action Figure

Every fandom deserves action figures to display proudly on their shelf, and the Janeites are surprisingly not left out on the fun. Accoutrements makes thie 5″ vinyl Jane Austen action figure, outfitted with a mini Pride and Prejudice, a quill pen and writing desk to compose her next great novel. Jane wears a bonnet and a pink and white dress.

Keep her on display to show your love of Jane Austen, to remember the novelist’s great accomplishments, or to inspire a burgeoning writer. This also makes a great gift for young readers who enjoy playing with toys.


2. Jane Austen Book Necklace

Jane Austen Book Necklace

This is a sweet gift for any fan of Jane Austen’s work. Chainge the Subject specilizes in romantic vintage style jewelry. They offer three Austen necklaces using vintage book covers of her classics Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, and Emma. They are custom made to include the initial of your beloved.

These necklaces make gorgeous gifts for anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, or even Christmas.




3. Jane Austen: The Complete Works

Most Janeites already own well-worn and loved paperback copies of all of Austen’s novels, but nothing will look better on their bookshelf than this hardcover boxed set. The covers and books are designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith, with a gorgeous vintage feel in vivid colors that capture the essence of each book.

Included are seven of her books: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Love and Friendship. Enjoy these classic stories and dazzling prose in beautiful bound cloth and foil stamped hardcovers.


4. Society of Obstinate Headstrong Girls T-shirt

Society of Obstinate Headstrong Girls T-shirt

If you know an obstinate, headstrong Jane Austen fan, then they need this shirt. The design features a cameo with the text: “Society of Obstinate Headstrong Girls seriously displeasing people since 1813.”

Available in a variety of sizes of t-shirts, v-necks, tank tops, kids, toddler, and baby onesies in 15 different colors.


5. Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Glamourist Histories series, made of up five books by Mary Robinette Kowal, are often described as what you would get if Jane Austen wrote fantasy or Pride and Prejudice with a dash of magic. Using Jane Austen’s style and signature spellings, Kowal has crafted a magical world in this regency romance that will delight and entertain any Janeite.

The novel is about a woman named Jane (named after Ms. Austen herself) who is competing with her sister for the attentions of eligible men. While Jane is better with Glamour (magic), her sister is more beautiful. Soon Jane discovers that one of her sister’s suitors plans to take advantage of her and works to stop him while discovering her own romance.

The book is available in paperback, hardcover, ebook for Amazon Kindle, audiobook and Apple iBooks.


6. Map of Jane Austen Novels Print

Map of Jane Austen Novels Print

This is a very cool and unique gift for Jane Austen fans. Bibliotography makes this awesome map which shows the location of allof Jane Austen’s novels. Literary nerds will be wowed by this map print. This print looks great framed and displayed in any library or office.


7. Marrying Mr. Darcy Board Game

The romance and society of Pride and Prejudice come to life in the card game Marrying Mr. Darcy. In this role-playing game for 2-6 players, each takes the role of one of the female characters from Jane Austen’s famous novel. By improving themselves by increasing skills during the courtship stage of the game, the players compete to become the most desirable wife. Then during the final proposal stage of the game, they use those skills to land an engagement with the male characters from the book.

This game will provide hours of fun for any Jane Austen fan and board game fans alike. Compete with your friends to discover who is worthy of Marrying Mr. Darcy.

Check out board games for book lovers for more literary themed games.


8. Pride & Prejudice Book Scarf

I always say the best gifts are not only thoughtful, but practical as well. This lovely scarf makes an excellent fashion accessory for chilly days, while also paying tribute to one of the classics of literature. Made in the USA, this infinity scarf features a soft ivory fabric printed with a quote from the book Pride & Prejudice. This makes a great gift for Christmas.


9. Jane Austen Temporary Tattoos

Even Janeites can be a little punk rock–at least temporarily. This unique set of temporary tattoos is inspired by Jane Austen and her literary worlds. This set includes 22 tattoos in a giftable tin.


10. Pride and Peppermints

What’s better than fresh breath? Add a Jane Austen twist and find out! This cute tin features an illustration of the famous author and says “Pride and Peppermints.” A cute and fun stocking stuffer for any literary fan.


11. Persuasion Quote Cuff Bracelet

Persuasion Quote Cuff Bracelet - Gifts for Jane Austen Fans

Now you can carry Jane Austen’s beautiful words with you everywhere. This gorgeous cuff bracelet by Jezebel Charms features a passage from Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion. The passage is from the love letter Wentworth writes to Anne. While perfect for any occasion, this bracelet is a romantic gift for Valentine’s Day or an anniversary.

The bracelet is made from brass with a splash-proof finish perfect for everyday wear. It’s classy enough to wear to the library, school, the office, or on a night on the town.

The bracelet is handmade when you order it in Dorset, England.


12. Jane Austen Saint Candle

You already worship Jane Austen and her writing, so take that devotion to the next level. The Unemployed Philosophers Guild makes secular saints candles of inspirational figures and artists. This Jane Austen candle proclaims her as the patron saint of poor relations, hidden greatness, and the anonymous. The front features an illustration of Austen holding a book. The back lists her Saint’s Day and her prayer.

This is a fantastic gift for any fan who lives and breathes Jane Austen’s work.

Made in the USA.


13. What Would Jane Do? Quips & Wisdom from Jane Austen

This clever quotebook is a lovely gift for any fan who already owns all of Austen’s work. It takes quotes from her novels and her own personal letters and lays them out in a gorgeous, hard cover gift book. It’s a great source of inspiration and lovely little reminders of the beauty of Jane’s words.


14. Dinner with Mr. Darcy Recipe Book

This is the perfect cookbook for foodies who are obsessed with Jane Austen. Food is a frequent theme in her stories and this recipe book collects authentic dishes from the period while taking inspiration from the food in her novels and letters. No worries, these recipes are easy to follow and updated for modern cooks. Make these dishes for your book club or just to cook for fun.


15. Jane Austen Book Wallet

Jane Austen Emma Vintage Book Wallet

Looking for an original Jane Austen gift idea to blow someone’s socks off? Check this out. Classic Book Wallets makes gorgeous faux-leather wallets that feature the covers of beautiful vintage books. The bi-fold wallets are 5″x4″ in size and available with the cover of Emma, Persuasion, and Sense & Sensibility.


16. Jane Austen Quote Mug

This must have for coffee addicts and tea lovers who enjoy Jane Austen. This oversized mug features gorgeous illustrations and quotes from Jane Austen’s work. Comes in a lovely box perfect for gifting. Perfect for teachers and librarians who want to show off their favorite writer. Add in some of their favorite coffee or tea to make a nice gift bag.

This 14 oz. mug is dishwasher and microwave safe.


17. Jane Austen Quote Enamel Pin

Jane Austen Quote Enamel Pin Gift Ideas

If you’re looking for a gift to slip into a Jane Austen fan’s stocking, this is perfectly sized and priced. This pin features a silhouette of the author with the quote “My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”

Made from gold toned metal and while enamel fill, this 3cm x 3cm pin looks great on any bag or jacket.


18. Socks & Sensibility Knee High Socks

This gift is fashionable and fun. These cute mint-green socks feature gorgeous vintage silhouettes from the stories of Jane Austen. These knee-high socks are one size fits all for women with shoe sizes 5-10. Add on a few other cute Austen themed items to create a literary gift bag for your Jane fan.


19. Jane Austen Quote Pillow

Jane Austen Quote Pillow Gift

In hectic, stressful times, there’s always one solution that makes us feel better. This pillow says it best: “Ah! There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” The design is hand-stenciled on burlap fabric on a 16″ x 16″ pillow. Available in five colors: cream, natural, ash gray, pink, navy. Perfect to decorate a favorite reading chair or a cozy bed.


20. Jane Austen Book Coaster Set

This is a classic, cool gift that every Jane Austenite should have in their library or living room. This set of six coasters are designed to look like vintage hardback covers of Austen’s wonderful novels. Made with recycled rubber backs, the top is made of a matte fabric that absorbs condensation and protects your surfaces. This is a fun and useful item for any book lover.


Still hunting for the perfect literary gift? Check out gifts for Shakespeare fans, bookish gifts for librarians, and Scrabble gift ideas.

Nanowrimo Book No Plot No Problem

Top NaNoWriMo Resources for National Novel Writing Month

Top NaNoWriMo Resources for National Novel Writing Month
Many writers take on the challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. If you’ve never written a book before, it’s an incredible challenge. In order to meet the goal, a writer needs to write 1,666 words a day, every day, for 30 days. Many attempt and fail, while some writers love the torture and continue the tradition year after year.

It’s a tough challenge but here are some resources to help the writer in your life (or even yourself) through it!

Essential NaNoWriMo Resources

The NaNoWriMo Workbook

Writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days is going to be hard. Perhaps very hard. But there are some ways to make it easier on you. And those ways, surprise surprise, are outlined in this manual, the NaNoWriMo Workbook, published by Fiction Attic Press as part of their Workbooks for Writers series.

They offer a series of 500 word prompts to get you started and also include helpful and detailed advice to flush out the entirety of your story, all in under 30 days. This isn’t a generic book about writing, it’s a very specific manual for how to get NaNoWriMo done like a pro. Oh hey, that rhymes.




Scrivener – Mac & PC Writing Software

Scrivener Writing Software for Novels & Short Stories

Forget Microsoft Word, Srivener is the gold standard of writing programs for fiction writers. Used by countless writers, Scrivener for Mac or PC packs in all sorts of unique and clever features you won’t find elsewhere. With features like a built in story outliner, which allows you to drag and drop to rearrange scenes, and fantastic targets and statistics tools, you’ll be able to make and meet your daily word goals to finish your novel by the time the month ends. It also offers a distraction-free full screen compose mode and many other features like outliners and a set of special editing tools.

Buy Mac & Windows version from Literature and Latte
Buy Mac Version from Mac App Store
Buy iOS version from Apple

Check out the best software for writing a book.


No Plot? No Problem!

This is as close to an “official” guide to NaNoWriMo as exists. The full title of this book is, “No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days.”

It’s written by the founder of NaNoWriMo, Chris Baty, who offers tips to complete the challenge, as well as anecdotes from other writers who have successfully finished their novel in under 30 days. Baty also offers motivational stories and techniques on how to push through the difficulties of writing a book in such a short period of time.

Don’t forget to check out the Revised and Expanded Edition and the No Plot? No Problem Novel-Writing Kit.


Ready. Set. Novel!

Another book by NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty, this book is full of practical advice and lists of character Q&As, field trips, plot maps and inspiring quotes to help you accomplish your goal this month.

In fact, because of how useful it is for brainstorming, you’ll undoubtedly find it useful for getting organized for writing stories in general, long after NaNoWriMo is over at the end of November.

Ready. Set. Go!


The Writer’s Block: 786 Ideas to Jump-Start Your Imagination

The Writer's Block Idea BookThe sky is blue, grass is green, and writers get writer’s block. What else is new? Every author has experienced this at one point or another (or many points) in their career, and this little block-shaped book is for just those occasions! It features hundreds of prompts that writers can flip to, to jump-start their next story idea, or get them out of a rut. As the publisher notes, “Many of these assignments come straight from the creative writing classes of celebrated novelists like Ethan Canin, Richard Price, Toni Morrison, and Kurt Vonnegut: Joyce Carol Oates explains how she uses running to destroy writer’s block.”


The NaNoWriMo Song

Okay, this one’s just for laughs and it might not help you out, but give it a listen. Somebody wrote a song about doing the NaNoWriMo challenge.

This peppy pop song by All Caps perfectly encapsulates the ups and downs that come with the challenge of writing an entire novel in only 30 days. This song may even help you out when you’re falling behind, tearing out your hair, and wondering why you agreed to do this challenge in the first place. Just a little musical inspiration to get you through the hectic month of writing.


Need some inspiration for writing your novel? Check out the best books on writing fiction, tools to destroy writer’s block, and our article How to Write a Book (step by step).

8 Inspiring Books for Writers

5 Inspirational Book Gifts for Writers
Writing is hard, especially for new writers who are struggling to break into the business or sell a novel. All the rejection can be demotivating and leave many wondering why they even started writing in the first place. One of the best gifts you can give a writer is the gift of encouragement and inspiration. We’ve rounded up our favorite books to help inspire, motivate, and encourage the writer in your life. These books are not only practical but will show you care about them and their writing.

1. Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury is one of the most beloved and prolific writers of the past century. He always gave the advice that writing should be an act of love, pulling inspiration from the things you enjoy to create stories that you love writing. This classic book of essays expands on that theme, helping aspiring writers find joy in developing their craft.

This book also features insights into Ray Bradbury’s writing process, with specific essays on how he wrote his classic novels Fahrenheit 451, Dandelion Wine, and The Martian Chronicles. This collection is a must have for any Ray Bradbury fans and a great gift for younger writers and aspiring sci-fi and fantasy writers.


2. Never Say You Can’t Survive by Charlie Jane Anders

When life and the larger world are chaotic, it can be hard to muster creative energy. Charlie Jane Anders collects much of her wisdom as a writer in this book that is part memoir and part creative guide. With a focus on using your voice to find power while powerless, Anders’ words will provide inspiration to aspiring and established authors alike.


3. The Writer’s Block: 786 Ideas to Jump-Start Your Imagination

The Writer's Block

The sky is blue, grass is green, and writers get writer’s block. What else is new? Every author has experienced this at one point or another (or many points) in their career, and this little block-shaped book is for just those occasions! It features hundreds of prompts that writers can flip to, to jump-start their next story idea, or get them out of a rut. As the publisher notes, “Many of these assignments come straight from the creative writing classes of celebrated novelists like Ethan Canin, Richard Price, Toni Morrison, and Kurt Vonnegut: Joyce Carol Oates explains how she uses running to destroy writer’s block.”

Check out more gifts to destroy writer’s block.



4. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Stephen King is undeniably both one of the most successful authors of all time, and also one of the most prolific, having penned over 50 full length novels. Luckily, he doesn’t keep his keys to success a secret.

In this memoir, King reflects on how he’s managed to achieve the level of success that he has and shares insight that will inspire any author to put pen to paper and write their very best. He also shares practical advice and lessons he’s learned along the way. In addition to the memoir sections of the book, King also breaks down in-depth his writing and editing processes (including a chapter on his disdain for adverbs). He also recalls his experience getting hit by a car and how it affected him personally and as a writer. This is a must-read for any aspiring writer!


5. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers

This book, written by ten different writers together, contains 101 motivational stories from writers, for writers. Each anecdote or true story is short (just a few pages) and can be read in a flash, when the writer in your life needs a pick-me-up.

The advice it contains is meant for writers of all kinds and all different experience levels of writing because nearly all writers experience moments of doubt. The different sections of this book focus on specific struggles that are common for writers, like finding time to write or wrestling with writer’s block. This is a great gift to inspire writers who are early in their career and dealing with rejection from editors and publishers.


6. Quotes to Write By: Daily Inspiration and Guidance for Writers

Quotes to Write By provides a different quote for each day of the year. According to the publisher’s description, it is “The perfect gift for every writer! [It] will help get your creative juices flowing. Be guided and inspired by fellow writers and celebrities from around the globe. Open to today’s date for an inspirational or guiding quote to help get your writing back on schedule. Quotes to Write By is a helpful resource of encouragement for every writer.”

This is the perfect gift for a writer who already owns all of the usual writing inspiration and advice books.


7. Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad

The latest book from Austin Kleon is the perfect inspiration for authors struggling with their work. Whether it’s writer’s block our outside forces that are sabotaging their productivity, Kleon’s tips are filled with advice to help writers and artists disconnect from the world and reconnect with their creative side.

Timeless, this practical guide is perfect for creators of every type.


8. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

This classic book from writer Anne Lamott is titled after some advice her father once gave her brother when he was paralized by fear at writing a paper about birds. Bird by Bird is not a craft book, instead it focuses on fostering a creative mindset, being introspective, and dealing with common challenges.

The book does include a few writing exercises appropriate for authors of any experience level. Highly recommended for beginner writers still figuring out their process.


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