When was the last time you wrote a letter?
We think something that we all let slip is the joy of writing letters. Over the years, you forget the excitement of hand-picking the perfect letter paper. Do you go for a muted colour like beige or try to stand out with a bright gold? The envelope holds beautiful words you penned for a long-time friend or a pen-pal, telling them how grateful you are for their presence and that you value your connection to them. You can seal it with a beautiful wax or a fun, colourful sticker. Don’t forget the smooth glide of your writing utensil, which will make the process of crafting the letter rewarding and pleasant.
Your letter doesn’t have to be a long laundry list of things you want to say; it can be a quick one or two pages to say hello and provide an update on the current state of your life. Think of friends you talk to daily who would love the surprise of a letter. Imagine the smile on a family member’s face knowing you put the effort and time handcrafting a message specifically for them. You can even write a letter to your future self, inspiring you to make the most of the present moments.
Don’t worry about overstocking a bin full of letter supplies. Once you get into the art of writing letters, you’ll collect goods along the way. Think about all the times you’ve been in a store and picked up one of two small things not on your list – gathering different items unique to you will further personalize your letter.
The most important part is to pour your thoughts and feelings onto the paper while your pen dances across the page. Letter-writing, although an art, at its most basic form, is letting someone know you’re thinking of them. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself when writing. Remember, the process is supposed to be enjoyable. You also don’t have to conform to anyone else’s writing style. Long-form writing is acceptable, but so is point form. Of course, you can also combine the two styles! However you decide to write your letter, you want it to be a direct reflection of you!
Here’s to the (almost lost) art of writing a letter.
We’ve compiled a list of letter tools for you to get started on your writing journey: