It's time to pick up the lost art of letter writing
A well-written letter is a thing of beauty; it is elegant and personal. A letter can help us strengthen or renew a relationship. And letters from the past have helped us piece together history. It can seem like a dated art form, replaced by one-line texts and long-form Facebook posts.
However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate the art of letter writing. With April comes National Letter Writing Month. So, grab your favorite pens — the ones you buy anytime you walk into a stationery store or art supply depot — and a fun notecard, and let’s get letter writing!
Here are three reasons why you should start sending out letters this April.
- It’s a time to practice your storytelling. Great letters are always personal. If you are writing to a faraway friend, letters are means of providing an update. The words should do more than fill up space; they should vividly but succinctly paint a picture for your reader. An epistolary novel is one made up of just letters. Each letter pushes the story forward. We are not all novelists or even great writers, but it’s more about being a good storyteller, and we all have a story to tell! Write to your reader like you were speaking to them. And trust that they will hear your voice through the letter on the page.
- It’s a moment to reflect. While characters in movies seem capable of sitting down and churning out the most beautiful letters in mere minutes, writing in real life can often be more time-consuming. Sometimes it's worth thinking out what you want to say before putting pen to paper. For those who like a plan, maybe outline your letter on a spare piece of notebook paper. The more you know what you want to say, the better you write it. Send your reader, be it a pen pal or dear friend, a letter that feels intentional and personal.
- Now is the perfect time to practice your penmanship. It’s a simple fact: people used to write by hand. Now, we spend our days pressing our fingers against plastic keys and hot phone screens. While you may be out of the habit, you can still improve your handwriting. If your writing isn’t as beautiful as it used to be, write a few practice notes! If you really want to have some fun, why not print out some worksheets? It can be relaxing, like filling in a coloring book.
A letter that feels personal, a letter that is well written, or at least legible, can be profoundly impactful — especially as they’ve become so rare. So, grab your best pen and one of our cards, and start writing!
Last tip: The best letters are often the ones we don’t see coming! Write to your childhood best friend or your aunt who lives 3,000 miles away. Write to them both! It’ll brighten up their day for sure.
To celebrate for the month of April, when you buy 4 cards, the 5th is free!