In solidarity with my friends who have been writing letters all month, today’s Ten on Tuesday topic is: 10 Tips for Writing a Great Letter. Let’s begin.
- Use pretty stationary.
- Stick with dark blue or black ink only. When I was a kid I liked to match ink color to stationary color but now that my eyes are a bit, errr, older, I find it much easier to read blue or black ink.
- Know your recipient. Obviously you know them, you are writing to them. What I mean is to know them in a way that will make your letter interesting to them.
- Make it legible. The idea behind a month of letters is to write a handwritten piece but if your handwriting is really bad you could always type something up and then print it out using a font that looks like handwriting – there are plenty of great ones out there.
- Ask relevant questions. My letter from Kathy included a bunch of questions from her son. They were cute and funny and they gave me a reason to write back since I wanted to answer them for him.
- Be caring. Tell them how much their friendship means to you.
- Write about a memory of a time you were together. Reminiscing is always a good topic.
- Include details about where you are. Your setting is important and it helps your friend to picture you while you were writing the letter.
- Tell them about something you are doing. Margene told me about some gardening plans that she has and it made me feel like I was part of her daily life.
- Ignore numbers one through nine and just be yourself. You are writing a letter to a good friend and they will be thrilled to hear from you and that’s really all that matters.
P.S. JessaLu is having a blogiversary contest. Tell her Carole sent you!