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122486570Many writers run into financial trouble because their work yields comparatively little income or takes a long time to produce significant earnings. Various grants for writers can provide helpful assistance:

1. The Awesome Foundation offers a $1,000 award with a rather quick, easy application process. It does not have complex requirements or demand any control over writers’ projects.

2. Authors in Wyoming can apply for the Individual Artist Grant. The state’s Arts Council supplies this $500 payment. It is only available to people who write poetry, screenplays, scripts or prose.

3. The $4,000 Build Your Own Blog grant application just requires some basic personal information and a writing sample of at least 100 words. Any new writer can qualify after turning 16 years of age.

4. Bard College offers a Fiction Prize for published authors who remain 38 years old or younger. Recipients are expected to speak to college students at the campus.

5. The Artist Initiative Grant benefits poets who have lived in Minnesota for a minimum of six months. It awards payments as large as $10,000. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

6. The Sustainable Arts Foundation provides $6,000 and $2,000 grants to writers who have children under 18. To apply, a person must supply a writing sample and answer some questions.

7. Rhode Island’s art council awards a maximum of $5,000. Authors must intend to read their work to an audience. Each year, there are usually two deadlines to apply for RISCA grants.

8. The Arts Council in England offers grants to poets and fiction writers. It allows recipients to use the payments for almost any purpose.

9. Any writer who lives in Kansas City may consider applying for the local Inspiration Grant. Awards range from as little as $250 to as much as $2,500, but it is easier to qualify for sub-$1,000 payments.

10. Writers in New York City can request financial assistance from the Table 4 Writers Foundation after reaching 21 years of age. The maximum award is $5,000.

This is only a relatively small sample of the grant opportunities available to authors. Please follow us to learn about additional ways for blogging and writing professionals to advance their careers.

87159158If you have difficulty finding interesting gifts for the wordsmiths you known, here are several gift ideas that are unique, fun, and thoughtful. Whether the writer is working on the great American novel, a screenplay that’s not about zombies or vampires, or the next viral blog post, these gifts are sure to please.

Note Taking Gifts for Writers

Some writers get inspiration and great ideas for stories while soaking in a warm bath or daydreaming under the shower head. Aqua Notes are waterproof notepads that are really handy in the bathroom.

Postcards are another way writers can make notes, summarize a story idea, write a short poem or flash fiction. Postcards from Penguin is a wonderful gift showcasing the covers of 100 Penguin paperback books over the years. Writers can use the postcards in a variety of ways, even mailing them to friends and family.

Gifts for Writers with Writer’s Block

To help treat writer’s block, there is Writer’s Remedy. This is a bottle filled with a variety of magnetic words that a writer can place on a refrigerator door or other metal surface and use for inspiration.

A similar option is a version of Scrabble that has magnetic tiles. With these magnetic tiles, writers can create their own words to get the right side of the brain working harder.

Games for Writers

For right brain stimulation, consider giving The Writer’s Toolbox. This toolkit offers exercises, prompts, and challenges to get the creative juices flowing.

Another game is Bananagrams. This anagram game is great for traveling because there isn’t a board. The idea is to create a crossword grid based on players’ words.

Awards Time

One fun way to celebrate the accomplishments of a writer is with a trophy. The Trophy Buffet lets you personalize a trophy for any writer. The writer can place the trophy on a bookshelf, desk or mantel.

With some imagination, and online research, you can find the perfect gifts for a writer.

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482342151Many writers find themselves agonizing for hours over the appropriate character names for their stories. They understand the importance of the right name to convey who their characters are, but don’t know how to figure out the right names. Sometimes, it can be a real drag because you have the feeling that you can’t move on and keep writing. Again, you won’t be managing your time wisely if you spend a lot of time thinking about your character name. However, choosing character names shouldn’t be a daunting process if you understand a few character-naming tips.  Without much ado, here are five tricks that you can use to help you perfect the art of coming up with more character names you like—faster:

Try Random Name Generator

This is a great tool. All you need to do is to choose your character gender and whether you want a common, average, or a rare name. You will be surprised about what you get.

Borrow From Ancient Civilizations

Ancient names will give your character some flair and sense of mystery. Figure out the geography and the history of your plot when you are looking for character naming inspirations from ancient civilizations.

Capitalize On Nicknames

Try to give your characters some silly monikers that sound like them. Some of the most common examples include:

• Tick and vex from Lost Girl

• Jack Limberleg from Kate Milford’s  The Boneshaker

• Tiny Doom and Nini Mo from Flora Segunda series

Play With Sounds And Syllables

You can also play with those hard-hitting dental consonants to make your character appear tough.

Keep a record of character names you like

Make a list of some of the favorite names you’ve heard or jot them down whenever you hear them. You can use some of the names straight from your list. To ensure that you pick the best name, ask yourself what you like about a particular name to get a better sense of how you want your character name to sound.

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