5 Perfect Gifts for Authors and Writers

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Of all the days of remembrance that escape the public mind (did you know that September 28 is Stupid Questions Day?), here is one we are personally invested in: National Authors Day, November 1 .

I hope you all have at least one author or writer in your life, someone whose work has been published in a professional publication, brought to the public’s attention by an established publisher. We all need it because worldviews, zeitgeists, and entire cultures have arisen from these masters of the written word. Plus, with the Singapore Writers‘ Festival taking place November 4-20, now might be the time to stand up and take notice of our local writers and authors. The perfect gift should inspire them to keep up the good work – here are five that will do just that.

Montblanc Writers Edition Tribute to the Brothers Grimm Limited Edition Fountain Pen

The Montblanc Writers Edition Homage to Brothers Grimm Limited Edition Fountain Pen

When you think of brands whose raison d’être is to empower authors and writers, one name comes first: Montblanc. And what better pen to buy for the writer in your life than the Montblanc Writers Edition Homage to Brothers Grimm Limited Edition Fountain Pen. Its marketing designation is a mouthful, yes, but it’s a magnificent must-have for any author.

This pen celebrates the magical works of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm – timeless German and European folk stories with universal appeal such as ‘Snow White’, ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Sleeping Beauty’. The overall silhouette of the writing instrument is shaped like an old hiking stick, and the black color is reminiscent of the darkness of the woods that usually serve as the main stage in Brothers Grimm folklore. As a tribute to the magic of storytelling, the handcrafted Au 750 solid gold nib with rhodium coating bears flames that were often the frame around which folk stories were passed.

It’s the perfect pen for the traditionalist – the writer who swears by the tactile nature of ink on paper, even in the digital age. We recommend the fountain pen, but there are also ballpoint and rollerball pens, and in limited editions.

You can buy the Montblanc Writers Edition Homage to Brothers Grimm Limited Edition 3 fountain pen here.

Rakuten Kobo Clara2E

The Kobo Clara 2E is made with ocean-sourced and recycled plastic

The Kobo Clara 2E is a lightweight and highly portable e-book and audiobook reader that offers great readability. It solves three problems: it encourages reading on the go, is a great product for those who don’t have space to store all their reading material, and it helps with ocean conservation.

The Kobo Clara 2E is made with ocean-sourced and recycled plastic, as part of Kobo’s commitment to using certified recycled materials. During the yearKobo plans to divert more than 200,000 plastic bottles from our planet’s oceans and more than one million CDs and DVDs from landfills.

The book I read with the Kobo Clara 2E is a must for any author: On Writing by Stephen King.

Available at www.kobo.com and select retailers, Kobo Clara 2E will retail for SGD 219.90. Pre-orders are available now and the devices will be available in-store and online starting September 22 in Canada, US, UK, Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal , Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. .

On Stephen King’s Writing

Stephen King’s On Writing is full of ideas about the difficulties of being an author

On Writing is both a memoir and a guide to becoming a successful author, based on Stephen King’s own experiences going from unknown to household name in American literature and film. It’s been a rough road, and in the book, King drops many, many nuggets of wisdom that will be relevant to all authors, whether they’re still aspiring or even published authors looking to elevate their writing.

Consider: “What would be very wrong, I think, is to turn away from what you know and love. . . in favor of things you think will impress your friends, family, and fellow writers in the writing circle. What’s just as wrong is deliberately turning to a genre or type of fiction to make money.

There are also craft-specific tips such as: “The situation comes first. The characters – always flat and starless, to begin with – come next. Once these things are fixed in my mind, I begin to narrate. I often have an idea of ​​what the outcome might be, but I’ve never required a set of characters to do things my way. On the contrary, I want them to do things their way. In some cases, the result is what I visualized. In most cases, however, it’s something I didn’t expect.

On Writing is available at all major online and physical bookstores.

Louis Vuitton notebook

The Louis Vuitton Notebook Refill makes a great gift as is, but can also come with a range of notebook covers.

Every writer and author will tell you at least once, “You never know when the muse will hit you. And we can safely guarantee this notion. Inspiration strikes in a way that can sometimes be described as mercurial. For this reason, every writer needs a handy notebook, one to quickly jot down all the ideas that could one day change the world.

And, needless to say, the sleeker the laptop, the better. Louis Vuitton’s Notebook Refill is minimalist and understated, and in that, contains all the things that make the brand so appealing. More than that, it’s easy to carry, with a sturdy yet portable 19.5 x 14cm size.

There are of course other notebook options from the Maison, like the Clémence notebook with colorful hand-drawn details and the elegant epi leather Gustave MM notebook, as well as eye-catching covers such as the Graffiti Auguste notebook cover.

But nothing beats the discreet elegance of the Carnet Louis Vuitton refill.

The Louis Vuitton Notebook refill can be purchased here on the Louis Vuitton website.

A writing retreat in one of the author’s personality suites at the Raffles Hotel

It might be every local author’s dream to stay in one of Raffles Hotel’s bespoke suites dedicated to famous authors who have visited Singapore.

The Raffles Hotel offers a series of custom suites dedicated to famous authors, including Chilean Nobel laureate in literature Pablo Neruda (who worked at the Chilean consulate here in the 1920s), as well as Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling who have visited our shores in their time.

These suites are perfect places for a writing retreat, to take your author friend away from the world so they can focus on their manuscripts.

Book a stay in the Pablo Neruda Suite here.

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