Writer Care Kit

Living far from friends and family can mean that things get done at odd times. The most recent example? My best friend Amber and I just had our Christmas gift exchange. In February. Two months late.

But the wait proved well-worth it when I stripped off green and red wrapping to find a chic little box whose contents had me laughing aloud.

To kick off your morning, an encouraging coffee cup:

“You got this.”


And to cap off your evening, a reassuring wine glass:

“You gave it your best shot.”


While I’m sure writers aren’t the only professionals who experience these twin emotions across their workdays, I can’t help thinking this gift makes a particularly excellent support kit for authors. How many mornings have I woken up energized and motivated, full of confident, creative energy? Today’s the day, I’ll say. Today, I finally figure out how to…

… Edit that scene so it’s half as long and twice as punchy.

… Extricate that extraneous sub-plot.

… More convincingly flesh-out that character’s motivation.

Fast-forward to the end of the day, and I have a headache and a screen full of track changes… and a manuscript/article/book review that’s somehow more snarled than it was at the start.

But hey: I gave it my best shot. That’s gotta count for something right? Right?! 😳

Luckily for me, Amber threw in some drinkable accessories alongside her gift. So I’m supplied with headache relief either way, whether I need a consolation, At-Least-You-Tried glass o’ wine, or a Let’s-Pull-An-All-Nighter cup of coffee.

Bonus gift: She even added some penguin paperclips to keep me company as I tackle my writing demons. After all, word-smithing can be a lonely business. Best to have some friends along for the ride.

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