Dec 13, 2019 • 43M

Episode 189: #WhatWritersWant(thatmoneycanbuy)

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Entertaining, actionable advice on craft, productivity and creativity for writers and journalists in all genres, with hosts Jessica Lahey, KJ Dell'Antonia and Sarina Bowen.
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We all know you can’t really buy the things we writers want: inspiration, the power to spend as much time writing our books as we do thinking about them—not to mention sales, agents and editors. But you CAN grab a few things that make the writerly journey more fun. In this episode, we talk about the joys of journals and the perfect markers, tech tools that qualify as investments and those that are a little less spendy and suggest a few gifts for your writer groups stockings—including custom socks.

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And now, this week’s links!


The Leuchtturm B5 bullet journal with monthly pages we all use.

From KJ:

KJ’s two sets of sticky notes: the color dots, and the color flags, from the glorious gift guide of one Catherine Newman.

KJ’s new favorite notebook, from Sarina (and Paipur—here’s their direct website).

Books and art supplies KJ is craving:
Finding Your Creative Voice, Lisa Congden

A set of watercolor paints like this one, also snatched from Catherine’s gift guide. And hey, why not this book she liked, too? A Field Guide to Color, Lisa Solomon.

The outline pens KJ keeps seeing on Instagram—or something like them— are here in plain, and here in glitter.

We talked about classes from Skillshare, BluPrint and Master Class.

Give the Gift of a Podcast here.

From Jess:

Book Nerd hat I bought at Parnassus but you can get from Out of Print

Night Scout Rechargeable LED beanie in red

Tät Tat “sacco” upright pouch for glasses in grey blue

The Every Day Calendar from Simone Giertz (her useless robot video is here)

Pre-order Benjamin Dreyer’s Stet! Grammar game, out July 7, 2020

From Sarina:

Snarky notepads 

Frixion no-bleed, erasable markers in fineliners and plumper versions

New apple pencil 

Nebo app for handwriting-to-text 

This episode was sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. Visit details, special offers and Jennie Nash’s Inside-Outline template.

Find more about Jess here, Sarina here and about KJ here.

If you enjoyed this episode, we suggest you check out Marginally, a podcast about writing, work and friendship.

There’s no transcript for this week’s episode. Transcripts will return next week.