Chances are you wrote letters as a child. Maybe you had a pen pal. Or you wrote thank you letters after Christmas and birthdays. But time has moved on and it’s yonks since you actually put anything other than a bill in an envelope.
Getting back into the letter-writing habit can be tricky. We’ve become used to writing emails, text messages, and status updates. Short to the point bits of text. In contrast, one feels that a letter should be longer, better thought out and have plenty to say.
This is, of course, nonsense. However, tackling a long letter after a break would be like doing no exercise for a year and then attempting an advanced Zumba class. You need to ease yourself in. Once you’ve re-discovered the joys that using the postal service can bring then you’ll find that the longer letter comes more naturally. And if it doesn’t just send a shorter one – the recipient will be just as delighted.
Select as many envelopes as there are weeks in the month. Get out the good envelopes. After all, they‘re not doing any good sitting in a drawer. Dig out the writing paper, cards and notelets you’ve hoarding at the same time.
In addition, start keeping an eye out for small things you could send to friends and family. A cutting from a newspaper. A sticker. A postcard. A photograph. A pressed flower.
At this point, aim to send one item each week with just a few handwritten lines. Dig out your stickers, stamps, coloured inks, and tapes. Prepare to pimp your envelope.
Next, sit back and think about the recipient’s joy when their post arrives. Basically, feel inspired to do more.
Join something the great big stitched postcard swap
Go to a letter-writing event