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Collect the Best Martial Arts books in 2023

Martial Arts Books are an underestimated way to improve your craft and fighting skills. Most of your work happens in the gym and between you, your fellow practitioners and your master. This is the traditional way of martial arts and the predominant model for transferring knowledge. As every practitioner is different, some of us need additional input on top of our practice to make the most progress. For me, and many others, books are there to provide this additional input.

This list is not complete. I will add good stuff whenever I read more about martial arts that I consider worth reading. The links below are amazon affiliate links.

For the sake of this blog, I will categorize the books into the following:

  1. Technique
  2. Mindset and Philosophy
  3. Science
  4. Fiction

Books about martial arts techniques

The books in this section explain techniques and deliver knowledge directly related to applying a martial art or a self-defence system.

Books about mindset and philosophy

Below you’ll find books from philosophers and great martial artists that primarily talk about backgrounds and philosophy.

Books about the science behind the arts

Understand the science behind your craft. Many traditional martial arts don’t explain the mechanics and principles behind the techniques. These books can provide the missing puzzle part if you are interested in it.

Fiction from the martial arts world

For those who enjoy a good story from worlds where fighting is part of daily life.

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The best business mindset books

Public education is presented as a foundation for success in life. Still, it doesn’t prepare students for careers in business and entrepreneurship. Witnessing the development in the past years, I can’t get rid of the impression it’s on purpose. It seems to me our youth is moulded into a working-class caste, similar to the dystopian novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

I went through the same public education. I was in schools considered good and still did not learn many skills I use today. Luckily, my years were about engineering, so I got a sense of math and logic. The worst thing: not once were we encouraged to question the assignment. Not once were we explained why we learned, what we learned. It was always about getting a task, completing it as well as possible and being rewarded. A mindset that is perfect for workers. Not so for people who want to take their lives into their own hands. Not being taught these options is a grave systemic disadvantage for everyone who does not have the opportunity to attend expensive private schools.

This is one of the reasons why wealthy families often stay wealthy and low-income families remain poor. Knowledge and financial literacy do not transcend the borders of the castes. Nowadays, the information that is needed to overcome this is readily available. Sadly, the mindset of acquiring this information is not part of the curriculum of public schools. So everybody is responsible for bringing that knowledge into his family so they know that there is another way.

Here are a few points why public schools 

  1. Lack of emphasis on real-world skills: Public education focuses on theoretical knowledge rather than practical skills needed in the business world. This leaves students ill-prepared to run a business or start a company.
  2. Limited exposure to entrepreneurship: Many public schools do not offer courses or programs designed to teach students about entrepreneurship. Students don’t have access to resources or mentorship that would help them learn about this field.
  3. No access to networking opportunities. Public schools may not have the same resources or connections to the business world as private schools or specialized programs. This makes it more difficult for students to build the networks and relationships crucial for starting and growing a business.
  4. Limited opportunities for hands-on experience: Public schools may not provide students with opportunities to work on real-world projects or internships, which can be essential for gaining the skills and experience needed to start a business.
  5. Lack of diversity: Public education is not tailored to individual needs. It’s a one size fits all approach, which does not cater to the diverse backgrounds, experiences and interests of students. 
  6. Lack of inspiration: Public education does not provide the necessary inspiration to pursue business and entrepreneurship, it may not foster the creativity and innovation needed to be a successful entrepreneur.
  7. No encouragement of critical and out-of-the-box thinking: the whole process of how the material is taught and tested does not encourage creative thinking but following a predetermined workflow.

Today it is easy to start getting a glimpse into the world of entrepreneurs with a few books. These are the ones I recommend reading to get you started.

Robert Kyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad

While it is most likely fiction and not a real story, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kyosaki shows the different mindsets of employees vs entrepreneurs. It presents the reader with young Robert, who was raised with influences from both sides. It is easy to read and makes its point very clear, as it always presents both sides of the coin. Is this a comprehensive introduction that will tell you everything about business? No, but it is a very easily understandable start on your journey to get rid of the mentality that slaving away in a job is the best way to provide for you and your family.

Seth Godin’s Tribes

Tribes” is a book by marketing expert Seth Godin that explores the concept of tribes and how they can be used to create change and build a movement. The book shows that the internet and social media made it easier for people to form tribes around shared interests and that leaders of these tribes have the power to create change in their communities and the world. He encourages readers to embrace their leadership potential and create a tribe around their ideas, products, or services.

The Practise by Seth Godin

The Practice” is another book by Seth Godin. It features the idea of becoming great at something through consistent and deliberate practice. Success is not just about talent or luck but about consistently putting in the time and effort to improve. Godin encourages readers to find their “art” and practice it daily. He also touches on the importance of setting goals, getting feedback, and learning from failure as part of mastery.

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp

“The Creative Habit” complements “The Practice” as it explores the idea of developing a daily creative practice and the habits essential for creativity and success. It covers key concepts such as setting goals, overcoming obstacles, and the role of discipline and routine in the creative process. It also provides practical exercises and strategies to help readers cultivate their own creative habits and achieve their goals.

Rework: Change the Way your Work forever by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried

Rework” is a book by entrepreneurs David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried that offers a different perspective on how to run a business and do work. The book argues that traditional business practices and models are often slow, inefficient, and unnecessary. Instead, the authors propose a new approach to work that emphasizes flexibility, simplicity, and staying small. They advocate for ideas such as working smarter, not harder, embracing constraints, and saying no to unimportant tasks. The book is written in a conversational and easy-to-digest style and is filled with practical advice and real-life examples of companies that have succeeded by breaking the rules and doing things differently.

These books give you a glimpse into a world beyond slave mentality and the rat race. Embrace their ideas, and your subconsciousness will see opportunities that work for you.

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About clear communication and its importance

Clear communication is one of the essential pillars of running your business. It optimises workflows and saves you and your customers a lot of headaches. If neglected, it is a guaranteed set up for misunderstandings, that can damage your relationship with the customer or partner (fellow performers, booking agencies, etc).

The goal of clear communication

We aim to answer all necessary questions and make requirements as well as the outcome clear for everyone. One issue that arises regularly is that details remain unclear because one side thinks they are apparent while the other side is unaware of the point at all.

Let’s take a show booking as an example: the following points require clarification:

  • Location
  • Date
  • Time of the show
  • The arrival time of the dancers
  • Is there a soundcheck/tech rehearsal? If yes, when?
  • How do you deliver the music?
  • Space requirements/availability for the show
  • Which floor is in the venue? It there the need to bring PVC or something else?
  • How many dancers are part of the show (is not needed in every case, especial when the group is big)
  • Do you need additional rehearsal-time on the stage due to insufficient space?
  • Is there a dressing room for the dancers? Do you share it with another group? Can you lock it?
  • Who is the contact person for the dancers on-site? How can we reach them?
  • Who is the main contact person on your team for the customer? Make sure they have the phone number.
  • How much does the show cost? Include travel expenses or at least negotiate that they are covered.
  • Invoice Adress
  • Is catering provided for the team (not necessary in every case but you should clarify it)
  • If the show is late or the travel is long: who takes care of accommodation?

Depending on the type of shows you do, there might be more or less points to discuss, but it is more than the regular customer thinks about when he is not used to booking a show.

The principle is the same for every business communication.

The rules of clear communication

  1. Don’t assume. If something is unclear, ask.
  2. Try to speak/write in a language that avoids technical terms or explain them. Your counterpart might not know those.
  3. Have it in written form so that everybody can revisit it, in case of uncertainty.
  4. Don’t be afraid of being the one who points out that some parts are still unclear or missing. While some people might perceive it as counterproductive or even rude in the beginning, everyone will thank you in the long run.

Make it a habit to make things clear

Making things 100% clear for everyone gives you and everyone involved the security of knowing what’s up. There are neither loose ends nor room for interpretation. 

That is precisely what we want in our business. Applying clear communication standards to all of our business talks/mails lets you work and sleep better.

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Best books about society in 2023

Strange times, that’s for sure. We are confused. Some of us scream for more personal responsibility and freedom, while others want stronger government intervention and control.

I did not publish a lot recently. Life kept me busy with things that were not related to dance. I also took the time to read and think a lot. Some books were more thought-provoking than others. Here are some that I want to recommend if you are looking for stuff to read.

  1. 1984. George Orwell. (there are also two graphic novels available, and you might consider grabbing Animal Farm as well)
  2. Schöne Neue Welt. Aldous Huxley. (Original title: Brave New World)
  3. Die gefährliste aller Religionen. Larken Rose. (Original title: The Most Dangerous Superstition)
  4. Psychologie der Massen. Gustave Le Bon. (Original title: Psychologie des Foules, French. Psychology of Crowds, English)
  5. Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury.
  6. Beyond Freedom and Dignity. B. Skinner.
  7. The Handmaid’s Tale. Margaret Atwood.

If you are reading them in 2023, I guarantee a mind-bending journey.

I also have a more extensive list of book recommendations for various topics.

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How to get more sustainable dance jobs in Austria

I already wrote about the topic “how to get more dance jobs.” I got some feedback on this article, especially that the stuff in there does not work, and some new requests about how to do it in Austria.

What is different in Austria?

That is the question we have to answer before diving into the specifics. All the points from the general article I already wrote apply to the fullest, but it can feel like you don’t get any results by applying them. The main reason is that the business side of the scene and the Austrian dance industry are still in their build-up. What I mean by that is that there are people producing shows, there are agencies taking care of bookings for urban artists, and there are dance studios in most major cities, but there are not plenty of them.

In countries with a developed dance industry, you have the possibility to audition for jobs that you want to be part of every other week. You have multiple standing companies with a regular cast and stand-ins for most positions. You have multiple people that take care of the production side of things. And you have many agencies with a widespread network that generates opportunities to show your art.

In Austria and many other countries with a dance scene that is on the rise, we have some of these but don’t have an abundance. So you maybe have four to ten auditions per year for pieces you want to do. There are 2 or 3 agencies that seriously care and know about the capabilities and needs of hip-hop dance. And there might be five promoters who manage to do recurring events with international relevance.

Austria has a dance scene and dance industry on the rise. We need to build the infrastructure first to create the jobs we want to do. Nobody will give them to us. Who should?

That sounds like a bad thing in the first place, but it really isn’t. Because what it does, is leave a lot of space for everyone who cares and wants to make it with dance and dance-related work.

How to do it?

First, this is not science. Second, I am writing from my own experience of doing business with dance and dance-related topics since 2007. Third, I believe this is the best way forward for the Austrian scene as a whole. Some individual people might be better off alone, but looking at the bigger picture from a holistic point of view, these are my recommendations.

As mentioned above, our scene and industry are not yet fully established, we are building it right now. This means that there is a lot of space to be filled.

What we should do, is create the infrastructure that we lack. This also ensures that the infrastructure and businesses hold up the values that we want to represent. That is extra important as the possibility of breaking (that’s the thing you should not call breakdance) becoming Olympic will attract people from outside (sports, finance, and advertisers of all kinds) who have the business part down towards our scene and their values will not necessarily align with ours.

What can a single person do?

Everything. That is the point. Through the scarcity in the scene, you can contribute very quickly.

You can organize classes yourself. Everything you need it to find is a room and a mobile sound system. I know people who teach twenty classes a week and are set. All self-sustained.

You can organize events. It’s not impossible to do jams and competitions on a low budget. In fact, we need those to have the inhibition threshold low for the new blood.

You can reach out to potential customers proactively and sell your shows. By doing this you fill the role of an artist agency and might become one if you want to.

You can audition for all pieces around and try to land that spot or you can start your own production. This feels overwhelming in the beginning but if you want to create, you should.

How is this getting more jobs?

The part above isn’t, but it is a prerequisite for our scene to grow and move forward into something that can provide a sustainable life for everyone who wants it. From there we need to start connecting and work together (I already wrote about that too).

By creating multiple working platforms (this can be crews, dance companies, production companies, agencies, artist collectives, solo freelancers and more) and connecting them, we can provide more work. If I sell shows, you produce pieces, and a third guy organizes workshops, we can hustle on our own or connect, and everyone has three jobs instead of one.

Of course, that is simplified as nobody can work with everyone, and some people are more suited for this job and not the other. But take into consideration how far our scene came in the last ten years. Think about how many talented people are out there hustling. We just need to connect and build together. In a country with a small scene, there is no competition as the market is not nearly saturated. There are only missed opportunities.

Don’t stop there

When we established a network that provides enough opportunities for everyone who wants to dance, the inclusion does not stop. Think about all the street fashion designers, dance content creators, music producers, MCs , DJs and so on. These are valuable for us, too, as we are to them. Spotting these opportunities and taking them is what we should cultivate.

It has been done before in Austria. On a smaller scale. And these islands still exist. Where people work together, but most of the time, they only extend to crew and friends. Which is fine, but we all could do better.

As this scene and industry are built now, it is we who should build it and make the rules. Or we can let others build it and play by their rules. Easy decision for me. It always has been.

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1984: the book you need to read now

George Orwell’s 1984 (also Nineteen Eighty-Four) is a literary memorial of dangers that lurk within governments and, more generally, all power structures that might seek to censor information. Rumour has it that 1984 is awaiting a rewrite as some audiences could find its content disturbing. Today we are talking about reasons you should or shouldn’t read 1984 by George Orwell.


“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten”

– George Orwell

Below I will share the hard facts about the book, 10 reasons to read the book, 10 points that could make you reconsider putting it on your reading list and some spicy facts about the title.

What you need to know about 1984

Nineteen Eighty-Four (mostly spelled 1984) is a novel and cautionary tale by George Orwell, whose real name was Eric Arthur Blair. The book is a dystopia around the topics of censorship, totalitarianism, mass surveillance and the consequences. Orwell asks questions about truth and manipulation in politics and society.

Nineteen Eighty-Four was initially published in 1949 by Secker & Warburg and translated into 65 languages.

Interesting Facts

  • Penguin books censored the cover in a clever way, which was not received too well.
  • There were rumours about a feminist rewrite of the story. This is not a thing. What is true is that there will be another book telling the story from Julia’s point of view. Julia is the love interest of the protagonist Winston from the original 1984.
  • During World War 2, Orwell worked as a propagandist for the BBC. Some say seeing this propaganda work up close led to the creation of 1984.
  • An alternative title for the book was “The last man in Europe.”
  • Another Rumour is that Orwell was under government surveillance while writing 1984, after he published The Road To Wigan Pier.
  • Orwell borrowed Japanese propaganda for his novel. The “Thought Police” is based on the Japanese wartime secret police who arrested Japanese citizens for having “unpatriotic thoughts.” Their official name was the Kempeitai, and they named their pursuit the “Thought War.”

Reasons to read 1984

  1. You will finally know what the term “Orwellian” means.
  2. You can appreciate that something originally published in 1949 as a dystopia has become reality in 2022. That is either very dark British humour or someone used the warning as a manual.
  3. You will not only be in the know when someone uses the term Big Brother but know its exact origins.
  4. You know that the government and media are lying to us, and love to read a good story to confirm that bias. Some might substitute the word bias in the sentence before with truth or knowledge.
  5. You want to know how the current development in our society turns out. Old George did not have a crystal ball, but it looks like he knew things.

Reasons to avoid reading 1984

  1. You trust your government, think it is transparent with information and think it always works for the best of the people.
  2. Are you easily depressed when thinking about the state of the world? You better skip this one and sleep well.

If you are still not convinced that you need to read Nineteen Eighty-Four, grab a copy of Brave New World or Animal Farm instead. 📚

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No common ground: the hidden issue with values in society

When we look around in our social circles, around our friends and even in families, many of us perceive that we are divided on multiple fronts and often seem to have no common ground, even with people we once were close to. This gets even more obvious when we see there is more and more activism, as people try to support or spread their values. The issue, in my opinion, is that those values are so manifold and diverse as if they were just opinions.

How do we want to live our lives?

What is this all about? What should be the fundamentals of our social structures and our communities? What should be the rules we live by? The diverse answers to these questions reveal a missing understanding of the complex interrelations beneath our society’s surface and deep insecurities.

The answers reach from the classics, like freedom or safety, over equality or equity, to more trendy answers, like diversity and sustainability. Sounds like we have our values there. But sadly, this is not the case.

A thousand tongues: different meanings of the same words

We mean different things while using the same words. My understanding of freedom may differ from the next person’s. For one of us, freedom might be the state of being able to do what she wants. For another, it can just be that he is not imprisoned. Often we hear, “your freedom ends where mine begins.” Depending on our understanding of freedom, this can resonate with us or make absolutely no sense.

Equality is another hot topic. Do we talk about equal chances or equal results? Do we consider it problematic when the free choices of individuals lead to inequality? If so, do we want to regulate people – means take away their free decision – into doing things they disagree with to reach a state of equality?

Already these different interpretations of the same terms make reaching consent on related topics challenging, but there is more trouble along the road.

The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.

George Carlin

Double standards: inconsistency in applying so-called values

Besides having different values and not being able to reach consent on what they actually represent, we have a considerable amount of people who only apply their so-called values in some circumstances – meaning only when it suits their own bias. There are many examples, with the most prominent one being supportive of “my body, my choice” when it comes to abortions but not when talking about vaccine mandates.

When we assume that the decision for physical autonomy is based on moral values and not something else, it has to apply in both or neither case. Of course, these discussions are far deeper, faceted and not necessarily connected but pretending “my body, my choice” needs to be holy and agreeing on mandating a vaccine to someone does not go along. In that case, finding another foundation for those choices would make more sense.

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

Voltaire

But why?

I assume the reasons for that are based on the diversity of leadership and information. Nowadays, everyone has a chance to find role models and information on many different platforms and places. Back in the days, education, thoughts and opinions were regionally consistent. When most people were religious – not only on paper – the core values of that religion were generally agreed upon. Opinion leaders would influence a group of people exposed to them – but limited to those in their surroundings.

Today the same processes apply, but the sources are diverse. Your parents might be only religious on paper, but you are attending religious education in school, and your friends are becoming engineers and think logic is the only way. You learn about generational tyranny based on race, gender and religion on social media or in your social circles. So your personal view of the world might be very different from the person beside you.

There is no general difference in how we form our opinion to back in the days as our opinion and worldview still reflect the worldview of the people we spend the most time with. But today, we can pick anybody to be a part of the people who influence our thoughts and beliefs. And no matter if we pick people around us or strangers on social media, sometimes it is for the better and sometimes for the worse.

Finding out if you are in a good spot is no easy task. Regularly trying to understand people who disagree and checking if your answers to them would make sense, with brutal honesty, is a good start to avoid becoming part of an army of brainless zombies that simply repeat what they hear from others instead of using their own brains.

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Best Christmas Presents for Dancers in 2022

Check out our list of suggestions for Christmas presents and gifts specifically for your dancer friends.

It is that time of the year again. The months before Christmas, when we start wondering about the presents, we can gift our friends or kids. I’ll refer to friends for the rest of this page. Dancers tend to care a lot more about their skills and motivation to practise instead of material things, so it’s often hard to find the perfect thing. But no worries, I got you covered in case you are lacking inspiration yourself.

1. Workshops and classes

Did I mention that dancers often care about their skills? They really do. Most dancers will be delighted to take an additional class with their favourite teacher or a workshop with a pioneer or expert in their specific dance style. You might need to do a little bit of research to find out which class or teacher is the right one. If there is a name popping up regularly, you know who to pick.

A gift certificate or voucher is the easiest way to package a workshop or class. If you are design-savvy, you will have an easy time making it happen. Otherwise, you can pick up a voucher template and customize it.

2. Workout gear or tools

An essential part of being prepared to dance as good as possible is to keep the body in shape. Some dancers rely on dancing only, but the majority work out in addition.

Tools that almost all dancers can apply in their training are Resistance Bands or a Deuserband. Both are made from elastic rubber-like fabric, and both can be applied in stretching or strength training.

In case your dancer friend is specifically into strength training, you could also pick up a kettlebell, which is simply a big weight with a handle. There are tons of exercises you can do with them, and there are hundreds of tutorials on Youtube to get started.

Got a friend who suffers from unnecessary body tension? Grab a Blackroll or another tool for fascia relief.

3. Books

There is a plethora of books that would make a good gift for your dancer friends. This can be books about the dance itself and how to improve your skills, but it could also be about the history of the dance, the scene the dance originates from or a photography collection.

Here are some recommendations:

4. Event tickets or travel expenses

Dancers love travelling to dance events all around the globe. Often these travels have to happen on a budget. If you can provide the event tickets or pay for some of the travel expenses, your friends will surely be happy.

If the event tickets are not yet available, you can, once again, go for a voucher.

5. Fresh gear or apparel

The term style usually means the individual interpretation of the dance, but there is also style in fashion and gear. Looking fresh is an essential part of most freestyle dances, and many dancers elevate the curation of their outfits into an art form.

The number one spot in the gear section is the sneaker. The variety of available shoes and personal taste makes it difficult to shoot from the hip, but you will get an idea of their preferred model if you take a look at their existing sneaker collection. The best-case scenario is probably taking the trip to the sneaker store together.

In my opinion, the second best guess is either headgear or accessories. Watch how your friend dresses at events, and you will know which one it is. Not going to dance events with your friend? A swipe through their social media might help as well.

6. Wall art

If nothing else seems to fit, you might want to consider some kind of poster. It can be a fantastic dance image, a motivational quote or a combination of both. Maybe it is a really big print of their favourite dance photo of themselves.

Many options are available for the seeker of presents. Depending on your budget, you can go for a digital download to print at home, for a framed museum-quality print or anything in between.

If you have additional ideas, meaning more Christmas presents for dancers, let us know in the comments.

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Your Art is NOT the Issue

Many artists and content creators struggle with monetizing their work. They are confronted with biases and self-doubt. More often than not, they think the problem is that their art is just not good enough. In the majority of cases, this is not true.

Being an artist and the ability to earn money from your art are two entirely different animals. Turning your art into a sustainable business needs an entrepreneur’s mindset. More important, mediocre art can thrive, if paired with a viable marketing approach.

The main issues why artists fail to generate income with their work are:

As an artist, we don’t have to take care of everything on our own but can trust others with taking care of those things for us. I still recommend doing everything yourself for a short amount of time, so you know what these tasks are about.

As you see, I am back at writing. Let’s dive deeper into these topics in the near future.

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Best Christmas presents for authors and writers

Successful writers and authors are some of the world’s most creative, talented people. Sadly, they’re also some of the hardest to shop for. Luckily for you, I’ve got a few ideas on what to get them this holiday season!

Find out what they need most

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a writer or author, start by asking them what they need most. You may be surprised by their answer—they might not even realize that they need something until you bring it up. Ask them to lay out their writing goals and then try to find a way to help them reach those goals by buying them something related.

If you are not into asking or they don’t give you an answer, you can work with, read on.

Bookmarks

Writers and authors are also avid readers. Many of the jump from book to book, depending on their mood and what they need at the moment to get inspired. Bookmarks are a great way to keep up with the progress in all your books, and they can inspire if motives are chosen well. They’re also the perfect gift for anyone who’s ever lost their place in a novel. Books need bookmarks, so we highly recommend giving them as gifts!

Bookmarks come in all shapes, sizes and colours – you can choose between hardcover or paperback, palm-sized or full page; red paper or green; glittery gold stars on a black background or plain white paper with nothing but an elastic band around it. And they make excellent stocking stuffers!

Books

As mentioned above, good writers are good readers. Gifting books that help an author’s progress or play well into the topic of the book/articles he is writing are always welcome.

As I don’t know what topics your friend is into, here are some general recommendations about writing.

Paraphernalia

Paraphernalia are all the things that your friends need to make the magic happen. These are highly individual. Some people need coffee, some only write with a special pen, some need a specific poster on the wall, and some want to smoke special tobacco in a pipe. This can be everything.

You’ll get an idea of the writing paraphernalia of an author by looking at the space she writes in. Use your detective senses and add to that collection.

Inspirational quotes and role models

Inspirational quotes are an excellent way to inspire writers.

You can shop around for amazing posters with quotes, design your own or grab the writer motivation quote bundle I have up on my Etsy store for an instant download and print them in any size you want.

Most writers, like me, are obsessed with note-taking. This means we need notebooks. A lot of them.

Journals, notepads and notebooks

Journals and notepads are great gifts as well. They can be used as diaries, so if you know someone who’s been meaning to start a diary but hasn’t gotten around to it yet, this would be a fantastic gift idea. Or if you’re looking for something specific like character traits, plot ideas, dialogue or research notes – and let’s face it: all of us need more notebooks.

Hopefully, this list has given you some ideas about what would be a great gift for an author or writer. Even if you do not know exactly what they need, I am sure one of these gifts will be a hit.

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