Receiving a letter is like getting a treat in the mail. You tear open the envelope that’s decorated with swirls and stamps, you scan the paragraphs (complete with charming scratch-outs and witty asides), and your heart warms as you almost hear the sender’s voice.
Some may say this intimate form of communication is a lost art, but it’s hard to argue how delightfully special it is to receive a letter from one of your friends—especially if you’re missing them.
As sheltering-in-place continues, writing letters is a meaningful way to let friends know that you’re thinking about them. In our digital world, letter-writing can seem anachronistic and more suitable for your grandmother, but it goes without saying that sending a handwritten note is often more meaningful than a DM, text, or email.
If you’re looking to brighten someone’s day while we’re all social distancing, you can easily write a memorable letter to a friend by following these simple tips.
Start with a prompt
You might be stuck on where to start your letter—and that’s perfectly normal. Sometimes, finding the right way to kick off your correspondence can be the toughest part. How do you come off as friendly and personable in a manner that’s genuine?
Here are five letter-writing prompts to help you get started:
- What reminded you of your friend lately?
- Write down your favorite shared memory (in vivid detail!)
- Name five things you love about your friend.
- What do you love and miss most about your friend?
- Write about the very first time you met your friend.
Any of these prompts will essentially evoke the same sentiment: you’re missing your friend dearly and have been thinking about them.
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In the era of frequent texting and mostly digital communication, reminding your friend of your close-knit bond will immediately spark feelings of affection and create intimacy. As you continue the letter, the key is to be as honest as possible and write from the heart!
Tap into your creativity
If you want to add some flair to your letter and turn it into a real keepsake, then tap into your creative stock. There are plenty of ways to let your personality shine through your letter, which is sure to make your friend smile.
Here are several creative tips to make your letter extra special:
- Try your hand at calligraphy: Make their name and address stand out on the envelope by carefully penning each letter in a bold, calligraphic style.
- Include fun little gifts: Look around your home for any interesting tidbits that your friend might like. Clippings from newspapers, poems, photos, old postcards, half-finished crosswords—these will make your letter even more of a treat.
- Don’t forget to decorate: Draw a wavy border with markers. Make it antique-looking by burning the edges. Create a scene with stickers. Spruce up your stationery with colorful ink. Underline things. Get crafty!
There is no right way to write a letter. In our increasingly digital world, sending a letter to your friend will instantly lift their spirits and refuel your connection in a way that only letters can.