A gift for writers

To begin, an update from my goals after Newcastle Writers Festival. My updates from my last post are in bold black, my updates today are in bold teale:

  • Join a writers group. Not there yet.
  • Write and submit an entry for Grieve Writing Competition. Done! A very personal one. Will post here eventually regardless of outcome 🙂
  • Write a short story “The Lawyer’s Wallet”. Not done yet.
  • Complete Camp NaNoWriMo for April. Have so far committed to 50,000 words, but may revise to 40,000. Happening now! Revised to 20,000 words due to chaos in my personal life and a desire to be realistic. Very much okay with that choice. The motivation is strong and I’m making progress! Done. I got nowhere near my revised target of 20,000, instead completing about 2800. I’m still super excited and proud of myself. My life was CHAOS that month, including moving house amid a massive storm that shut down my home city for days, and yet I am still finally, finally making progress 😀
  • Start participating in ABC Open’s 500 Words writing challenge. In progress, I have drafted and am sitting on an entry for the latest topic of “Grandparents”. Plan to revise and submit by Thursday. Done! So pleased to take this little step!
  • Look into, and potentially start participating in, Friday Fictioneers. Not done yet

I must report that I was quite sad to not be at Sydney Writers Festival a couple of weeks ago. I simply couldn’t afford to be there, either financially or in regards to time and energy. I moved home, had ALOT of car expenses and wore myself into the ground in my day job. Sad, but ok with it. There is always next year!

What I really want to post about today is a gift I put together for a fellow writer friend. I decided, given our similarly busy lives, that we both needed a Writer’s Emergency Kit. And that’s right, I loved the gift so much I made myself one too!

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I picked up this awesome little first aid box from Kmart for $12. Perfect emergency kit container. Reminds me a bit of a med pack in a zombie game.

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Open view

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This insert lifts out. I included a basic notebook and some good pens in here.

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This is the inside, with all the bits I included and plenty of room to add more.

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The full contents!

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Rory’s Story Cubes. These were actually part of a gift I received a while from the person I made this gift for, so her box didn’t include these.

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The dice are covered in random little symbols for story ideas, writers block activities and for games with friends. I love them!

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This was the first thing I found when Googling ideas for a writer kit. These cards originated off a Kickstarter campaign and are excellent for getting unstuck with your writing.

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You draw randomly from the deck for the card on the left. The card on the right is a more detailed partner card you can refer to if you need further inspiration on the drawn card.

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Reverse sides

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Here is the main instruction card. The reverse, and a second card, reveal more ideas for things you can do with the cards.

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The other bits and pieces: a stress ball, post its, a timer for 20 minute writing bursts and a USB stick with a printable writer’s journal PDF I found on Etsy!

My friend really liked the gift and so did I, since I made one for myself too! I also printed a Novel Writing Handbook I found on Etsy and gave it to her in a folder, as well as on the stick. I’ve already added other bits and pieces to my own kit from my existing stash and I think this will be very handy for all future writing sessions.

Links to where to buy:

First aid box

Writer Emergency Pack cards

Rory’s Story Cubes

Novel Writing Handbook