Dear Fellow Journalers,

Several years ago, I wrote a blog post about unsent letters. It was rather popular. Anyway, so began to wonder the other day if anyone wrote letters anymore? Did anyone even buy fancy stationary and write to someone with a pen and mail the letter? 

Now, A letter is very different from an email. For one thing, you can’t hold the email in your hand. It’s also not personal. Anyone who has access to your password can read your emails. Sometimes email writers use text symbols ie: BTW for example. A letter writers uses whole words and can send actual items like movie tickets, dried flowers etc. And while emails are quick to write and receive, a letter can take up to 10 days for your recipient to receive.

If you’ve never written a letter or have forgotten how, don’t worry. Here are a few ideas:

1. Always start with inquiring how your friend/relative is. Ask about the weather. Did they get as much snow/rain/wind /heat as you.

2.  Describe a new favorite place to visit. Maybe you just discovered a fun coffee shop or a little courtyard where you can sit by a fountain and write. Write about it!

3. The latest and greatest antics from the kids (or pets). You’ll probably naturally add this in. Did your toddler just start counting to twenty out of nowhere? Has your cat decided it will only eat its food when no one is looking? Random, but funny moments are fun to read.

4. Include pictures of your children or your pets. We seldom print our pictures anymore but learning how is a fun activity and your recipient will thank you.

5. Talk about your latest project. Are you still in school? What’s your favorite subject? Are you crafting something for a fair? Or writing a story? Discover a new recipe?

Next week we’ll talk about what to include in your letter.




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