The Writers Circle: Gifts for Writers 2014

What’s with all the red?

Today is December 1st–World AIDS Day. The fight against AIDS is very personal to me, and my co-owner/editor has agreed to let me make this change to show support for World AIDS Day.

I lost my father 25 years ago when the disease was a death sentence. Today because of the hard work of hundreds of thousands of people, that’s no longer the case. In a few more years we might even have a cure.

Here are some quick links:
Learn more: http://www.worldaidsday.org/
Learn more: http://www.red.org/en/learn
Do Something: http://www.worldaidsday.org/act-aware.php
Do Something: http://www.red.org/en/act
Donate: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/natnationalaidstrust
Donate: http://www.red.org/en/act/donate
Buy something (charity gets a cut): http://www.red.org/en/shop/

Thank you for your taking the time to read this. And if you used any of those links to support, or learn more about, a cause that’s important to me, I thank you for that, too.

And now, I’ll turn your attention back to writing and today’s topic of Holiday gifts for writers.

–Dale

TWC
One of our goals here at Today’s Author is to help all of the writers among us to do what we love to do: write. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by talking to each other and learning from each other.  Our Writers Circle series is designed to do just that – provide a chance for us to discuss writing, editing and publishing questions.

This week’s topic is:

With the holiday season upon us, thoughts turn to gifts for us or for our loved ones. What do you, as a writer, wish someone would give you as a gift this holiday season? What are you planning to give to the writers on your gifting list?

Let’s discuss this in the comments and see what our community thinks.

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3 thoughts on “The Writers Circle: Gifts for Writers 2014

  1. If I could have my writer’s dream gift, it would be a room away from everyone else and a CD(s) of Britt Nicole, Francesca Battistelli, tobyMac, or someone like that.

    The only other writer I know is my best friend…and I’m not sure what I’m going to give to her yet. Last year, however, I wrote a story for her. In the story, she died and I was left trying to pick up the pieces to show her how much she added to my life and that I really don’t know what I’d do without her.

    Merry Christmas everyone!!!

    • Does anyone seem to need music to focus?

      • Yes, I rely heavily on music when I’m writing. It helps set the mood and I have different go-to music for different styles or genres. If I’m writing something that is primarily non-fiction, it pretty much has to be a specific album: The Cars Greatest Hits. No, I don’t know why, but I discovered in high school that if I had that album on, I could get through every single essay, lab report, etc. I then discovered that I could do performance evaluations better when I had that playing in the background. Strange.

        For fiction, it varies. I’ll use different things depending on the style or genre. Classical for more serious pieces, Rock/Pop for comedy, soundtrack scores for speculative fiction.

        If it’s poetry, I’ve pretty much got to go with silence though.

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