The Best Present for a Writer

The best present for a published writer is simple:  buy their book. Either for yourself, or to give to someone else.

The best present for an unpublished writer?  Encouragement.  If you’re looking for something more tangible, consider any of the following: the gift of time – maybe you’ll do their grocery shopping or run their kids to soccer to give them an hour or two of writing time.  Or a financial contribution to any of the services of an editor or the cover art, or that creative writing course they’d love to take.  Almost anything that tells them you take their writing seriously and want to help make publication (if that’s their goal) possible.

What, fellow writers, would you add to this list at this time of gift-giving?

I wish you all Blessed Yule, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwaanza, and best wishes for any and all of our celebrations against the dark and for the burgeoning light.





Author: marianlthorpe

Not content with two careers as a research scientist and an educator, Marian L Thorpe decided to go back to what she’d always wanted to do and be a writer. Author of the alternative world medieval series Empire’s Legacy, Marian also has published short stories and poetry. Her life-long interest in Roman and post-Roman European history informs her novels, while her avocations of landscape archaeology and birding provide background to her settings. As well as writing and editing professionally, Marian oversees Arboretum Press, a small publishing imprint run as a collective. Marian is currently writing Empire's Heir, the sixth title in the Empire's Legacy series.

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