As many of us start our holiday shopping, we may find some people on our list who could use a little creative inspiration to start off the new year. (And maybe we could think of getting a little something for ourselves…). Some are specific to writers, but others could be ideas for painters, photographers, or other creative types.
Of course, there are many classic books on creativity and writing, but here are a few recent ones to consider:
Draft #4: On the Writing Process - John McPhee
Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age - Jeff Goins Or his earlier book, You Are a Writer, So Start Acting Like One
Leonardo DaVinci - Walter Isaacson (a new biography, including about the ways Leonado can influence creativity today)
Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process - Joe Fassler
Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen - Mary Norris
Gift subscriptions to a magazine about their favorite creative pursuit - e.g. Poets and Writers or The Writer, Food Network Magazine or Cook’s Illustrated, Outdoor Photographer or Digital Photo… you get the idea.
The Amazing Story Generator: Creates Thousands of Writing Prompts - (could also be interesting for visual artists).
Aqua Notes waterproof notepad - for all those who get their best ideas in the shower.
For writers with a visual bent, how about The Writer’s Coloring Book? . Not just a coloring book but a method for integrating story planning visually, with color, mandalas, diagrams, etc.
If you really want to get fancy, try Bose noise-cancelling headphones, or a day (or a week) at a hotel, B&B, or somewhere where they can go to get away from it all.
If you know a friend who does Artist’s Way-style Artist Dates, why not give a gift of some creative activity or outing?
If they live in a cold climate, maybe fingerless gloves or fuzzy slippers to keep their extremities warm while working?
And of course, the writerly staples such as coffee, teas, mugs (and mug warmers), high quality pens and notebooks, chocolate covered espresso beans to keep them going (or is that just me?)
In other words, if you know a creative person, why not get a little creative with their gift? If you have any other ideas, let us know in the comments!
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