Last minute writer gift guide! editor December 24, 2012 News2 Comments Still haven’t bought that special something for the special, impoverished writer in your life? Here are some last-minute gift suggestions — you don’t even need to leave your house to buy them. 1. Offer to pay their library finesHelp your writer friend avoid shame and angry librarians.$ or $$, depending on the extent of your writer friend’s disregard for human decency. 2. FreedomIt’s just like George Michael sang, “Freedom / You’ve gotta give for what you take.” Or in this case, turn off the internet so that you can get some goddamn writing done.$10 3. Anti-socialThis app allows for enforced breaks from social media sites and specific URLs. Your writer can get down to business, but still do fact-checking (ahem) on Wikipedia/Lyrics Mania/Reddit.$15 4. Fingerless glovesFor the writer who works in a garret or lives in Williamsburg.$16 5. ScrivenerThis word-processing and project management tool was designed especially for novels, short stories, and scripts. It looks complicated but it’s revelatory and amazing.$38-45 6. Indie bookstore giftcardWORD, McNally Jackson, and tons of other independent bookstores all over the country have giftcards which you can buy online.$-$$$ 7. Writing Space membershipA room of one’s own, for as little as $90 a month.Check out Brooklyn Writers Space and Paragraph.$90 + 8. Tickets to AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference)It’s like Comic Con for lit nerds.$40 + 9. Writing WorkshopIt’s like group therapy for lit nerds.In New York, check out Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop and Gotham Writer’s Workshop.$$$ 10. Writing retreatCould be fancy, but if you send them somewhere nice they’ll be distracted by the view. The Mosley Motel in Gary, Indiana is a steal for $180/week (cheaper if you’re also a trucker).$$-$$$ 11. Trust fund, babyYou don’t need money to write, but it certainly makes the writing life easier. Remove the practical barriers with the gift of a sizable fortune. It worked for Edith Wharton.$$$$$$$ Happy holidays!With love,Electric Literature 2 Responses jeny_nour December 24, 2012 Also, try http://www.bridgetostory.com for novices. 52 or so free lessons. Reply The Willoughby Book Club January 4, 2013 Love this – some great gifts here! Always loed the idea of a writing retreat… Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.Name* Email* WebsiteComment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.