I know, because of the comments from last week, that many of you enjoy reading…
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!