With so many forms of instant communication at our fingertips, when was the last time you actually put pen to paper?
It may be easier and quicker to tap out a brief message on your phone’s keypad but there is still something very special about receiving a handwritten letter.
Our top letter writing etiquette tips:
- Make sure you use the correct greeting, title and sign-off.
- If your address is not already printed on the stationery write it in the top right hand corner.
- The date also goes on the right hand side of the letter, directly underneath the address.
- Don’t rush your letter writing. Wait until you have some quiet time and a solid surface to write on such as a desk.
- Do take care over your presentation. Form your letters carefully to mate sure they are legible and use a dictionary if necessary to avoid spelling mistakes.
- Check all details to ensure you address the envelope correctly.
Reasons to write a letter:
- To thank a former teacher for their enduring influence on your life.
- Write to a child to show them how much fun it is to receive a letter. Encourage them to write back so they can experience the joy of sending one too.
- To practice your handwriting skills and penmanship – something that is all too often neglected these days.
- To congratulate someone on an achievement – however big or small.
- Simply to let someone know that you are thinking of them.
- To invite a friend or relative over for tea, lunch or dinner.
- To share your favourite recipe or a list of books you have read.
- To let your partner know how much they mean to you.
- To reignite a friendship with someone you have lost touch with.