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Writing more letters

Writing more letters

Writing a letter will compel you to write in another way. It is not the same as a text message or an email.

When we put pen to paper, it fuels our creativity and stretches our vocabulary in ways other communication can't. To encourage the habit of writing, keep items at hand that promote writing. That could mean a fountain pen and unique stationery, journaling, or fun postcards.

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MORE IDEAS FROM How To Write A Personal Letter, According To A Hallmark Card Writer : Life Kit

"The universal in the specific" tool

The idea is that we should aim to talk about experiences that the other person can relate to. This technique makes our audience feel seen and understood.

For example, instead of saying you're unprepared, you might speak about the feeling on the last day of vacation. It creates a fuller picture that better reflect your story.

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Use a heartfelt message to celebrate with people on special occasions.

Don't be scared to inject some of your personality into your writing. However, ensure the stories you share are appropriate. If your friend loves jokes, then use humour with a birthday card, but trying the same if you're writing a thank-you card to your boss may be out of place.

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Good personal writing can encourage a real connection and brighten someone's day, be it a birthday day card, snail mail, a text message or a work email. 

When done right, it feels like someone is really noticing you.

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Any form of letter writing starts with committing to telling your story. It means sharing your feelings with the person and not just the hard facts. From there, try asking open-ended questions.

By offering the receiver some of your personal experience, you give them the space to respond in kind.

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You have to create the conditions to write. Carve out some time to write, then start writing. Use the little moments in your day when you're not doing anything.

Or, sit at your computer, and write for one hour, take a break, then write again for another half hour or so. It doesn't matter if it is good or not. Just plough ahead.

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Create the conditions to write
  • Make the time for writing. We all have those absent-minded moments in our day when we're not doing anything. If we use that time to write, we can actually get a lot done.
  • Lower the bar of writing. To overcome perfectionism, set a a goal and a deadline; this will help you get your words out without the need to have them perfect from the beginning.

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Good apology or No apology
  • Most of us haven't been taught how to apologise
  • Our efforts tend to be harmful: vague, intrusive, demanding, or full of warnings that can leave the recipient of an apology feeling even worse.
  • When the apology is absent or it's a bad apology, it puts a crack in the very foundation of a relationship and can even end it.
  • That's why it is critical to get an apology right.

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