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What tip or trick do you have for those new to letter writing?

A Collaborative Blog Post

Welcome to the first day of Month of Letters 2023. Here are some tips from our members to help you get started.

Find a simple way to keep up with the letters that come in. For example, when a letter comes in, I like to read it right away. If there are any “goodies,” I won’t take them out until I reply to the letter. The letter, back in the envelope, then goes on a small (or larger) pile that is rubber banded together the the order they are received. When I’m ready to reply, I take the oldest letter first.

It is helpful to have a basket or bag to have favorite pens, stationary, stickers or other goodies, stamps, and envelopes or whatever you need so you don’t need to go searching for writing supplies.

Kris R.

“Just sit down and think about a different setting when you’re writing to someone. Like…what would you tell that person when you first meet them in a coffee shop? Or what would you share about your surroundings if they were blind? I love to just sit down and sip my coffee while writing whatever comes to my mind.” – Fabi

Here are my tips/tricks to those new to letter writing:

  1. Have a designated space/area that brings you joy when you write.
  2. Store all of your letter writing items, i.e., pens; washi tapes; envelopes; postage stamps; stationery, etc., in a nice storage container that will make you smile; easy to find and easy to keep organized.
  3. I tend to write how I speak, meaning, a long letter, 2 or more pages. I view letter writing as a conversation, with the only difference being that we’re not face to face.
  4. Don’t expect an immediate response and don’t be surprised to not receive one at all. If that should happen, please allow grace and do not send a letter that hints along the lines of, “I wrote you and you didn’t write back.” I wrote someone and they responded a year later. They explained the delay, but for me, the joy was to find a letter in my mail box.
  5. Remember that the purpose in letter writing is to make someone’s day and perhaps yours as well.


Find a place that you enjoy where you can sit and write. A peaceful place, a relaxing place. Mine is my kitchen table or my couch. I also have a writing container that has my pens, my stickers, my stationery and just plain old paper so I just grab it and go to my writing place and it’s ready to go. It also has envelopes and a variety of stamps and seasonal address labels so that everything is there and my letters can be written and addressed and sent easily.


Want to submit for a collaborative blog post?

Next topic is: Tell Us About Your First Pen Pal

Due Feb. 3

Why Write Letters?

People sometimes ask me, Noony, why should I write letters? After all, there are plenty of alternatives to communicating in everyday life – cell phones, texting, social media, slack, discus, websites… I could go on.

I hear that, I do; but I STILL like to write letters and encourage others to do so. Here are a few reasons:

1. It helps us de-stress. By taking all the mental clutter and influx of daily information and putting it on hold by sitting down with a pen and piece of paper, we are literally allowing our brains to calm down. We can write about one thought until we’re done, then another thought, without interruption and dings from our media. (In fact, put your phone on airplane mode while you’re writing letters so that you don’t get interrupted.)

Feather pin with ink pot, resting on a sheet of paper with a letter written on it.

2. It brings a smile to other peoples’ faces. After all, what do we usually get in the mail? Bills and junk mail, bills and junk mail, and did I mention all the bills and junk mail? I even get mail from a window company that’s already told me they can’t install windows in my type of home. But they STILL send me stuff in the mail! When I get something fun, be it a postcard or an envelope, I get excited.

3. You can make friends without all the pressure that we put on ourselves in day to day life. I’ve met young folx, older folx, folx like me and folx very different from me. I’ve made connections here in my own back yard to clear across the globe. It makes the world smaller and reminds us that we’re all in this together.

4. You can learn about other places and people. This is true whether we are writing in a grammar school class or if we’re retired and just having fun connecting with other human beings.

Two children sitting on a blanket outdoors, each reading a letter.

5. It’s good exercise. It lets us use our fine motor skills in our hands and arms as we form words on the page.

6. It can inspire us to make art, doodle, and create unusual letters for our pen friends.

7. It can serve as a distraction from stressful times. When we’re focused on a challenge like Lettermo, we’re doing something positive. We’re putting that positive energy out into the world. It becomes about connecting, and not about “being right,” or “getting things done,” or any of a hundred other ways we create mental clutter.

cluttered mind

8. It can focus our thoughts. When we have to slow down and compose ourselves on paper, we might surprise ourselves. I didn’t realize I thought that, we might think. Or we might realize we very much thought that, and we knew we thought that, and we’re very passionate about that thank you very much.

9. It can be a way to bring solace to others. Sending thank you notes is a lovely habit to get into – and we’re learning more and more about brain science and gratitude, and its uplifting affect on mental health. Writing letters can, quite literally, be good for your brain!

10. And last but not least, I write letters because I enjoy it. And “because I like it” is a perfectly fine reason for doing something.

Write on!

Contribute to a Collaborative Blog Post

Want to contribute, but don’t want to commit to an entire blog post? This year we will be doing Collaborative Blog Posts (why yes, that’s a thing I just came up with).

I’ve come up with some prompts around LetterMo. The idea is that participants can pick one or more prompt, and answer it. We’ll take everyone’s contributions and compile them into a blog post.

Have a different idea, or more to say? Check out the Blog Post Idea form.


PromptSubmit By 12pm GMT:
What tip or trick to you have for those new to writing letters?Jan. 31
Tell us about your first pen pal.Feb. 3
Cursive, print, or typed? Why?Feb. 5
Tell us about the pen pal who is farthest away from you, geographically.Feb. 8
Where is your favorite place to write letters? To read them?Feb. 11
Tell us about a letter you received / sent that has special meaning to you.Feb. 13
How do you personalize your letters?Feb. 16
Describe your ideal pen pal.Feb. 18
Why do you write letters or postcards?Feb. 21
What is the most interesting thing you’ve received/ sent via the mail?Feb. 23
What stories have you seen / read / heard that include letter-writing as an essential part of the plot or style?Feb. 25

You can submit your contributions via the Collaborative Blog Post Form