You’re One Smart Cookie 

A big portion of your writing time will require snacking. French butter cookies, $4.95. The Mediterranean Way Gourmet Market. 1717 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 560-5715

Mightier Than the Sword 

A new favorite pen will help you meet your literary goals. Gel pen, $2/each. Analog. 716 Monroe St. NE, Studio No. 5

Espresso Your Feelings 

All writers know caffeine is the lifeblood of plot development. Autumn blend coffee, $13.99. Compass Coffee. 1535 7th St. NW. (202) 251-7402

Leave a Paper Trail 

Grab a fresh notebook this month. This one contains durable, waterproof paper made of calcium carbonate. Ogami notebook, $16. Cherry Blossom Creative. 2128 8th St. NW. (202) 319-2979

Born to Be Wilde 

If you are looking for inspiration on why you should write, Mark Edmundson makes a case for the pleasure and importance of the medium. Why Write? by Mark Edmundson, $26.  Politics & Prose bookstore in Busboys and Poets. 2021 14th St. NW. (202) 387-7638