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5 Tips: How to write your best letter

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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Most people struggle with letter writing but if you follow this simple advice your letter writing ability will improve instantly.

Here are 5 tips to improve your letter writing…

 

  1. Write as if you were speaking - You want your words to come out easily on paper, as if they were in one of your conversations — so practice your letters while hearing the dialogue in your head.  It’s been said that Aristotle first gave this piece of advice in about 360 B.C. and Jane Austen has also been known to favor the same.
  2. Be honest - Tell it like it is. There’s no need to beat around the bush and it won’t help convey your message any better. Make sure you’re not holding back and say what you want to say. Your message will come out genuine.
  3. Don’t be afraid grovel - Expression is a big part of letter writing. And since you’re being honest you should also not be afraid to grovel. Hugh of Bologna wrote in his writing manual that under his guidance “the uneducated are immediately cultivated, the stutterers are immediately eloquent, the dull-witted are immediately enlightened, the twisted are immediately made straight”. So as you can see, you shouldn’t be afraid to grovel.
  4. Be spontaneous – It’s been said that formality spells death to authentic correspondence. Be spontaneous when writing a letter and it will be a refreshing to your reader. A spontaneous letter is also an honest letter.
  5. Keep it brief – I think this advice was best said in a Latin tract somewhere between 400 BC and 400 AD. Where it stated that a letter should be “restricted” and “Those that are too long, not to mention too inflated in style, are not in any true sense letters at all but treatises.”  “A letter’s aim is to express friendship briefly and set out a simple subject in simple terms. The man who utters sententious maxims and exhortations seems to be no longer chatting in a letter but preaching from the pulpit.”

We hope this will help you with your letter writing and like with most things it takes practice, so get started and good luck!

 

Mother’s Day Letter

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Looking for a unique gift idea for your mom on mothers day this May 13th? Send her a letter that she’ll never forget on vintage style, old fashioned paper with envelope. VintageMailMaker.com allows you to send vintage styled letter with hand-written script by email or by actual U.S Mail, we’ll print and sent for you!

Frida Kahlo’s Love Letter to Diego Rivera

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Found this among 12 hand-written letters in a blog post by Fast Company – so we posted it in our own vintage style!

Happy Valentines Day to You All

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Happy Valentines Day All

A love letter in French … simply beautiful Expression of Love

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

We were simply bowled over by a letter sent by a site user today. She even made the letter public, because i guess an expression of love is universal.

A screenshot of the letter is below. And the translation in english using Google

Heartfelt sentiments of love in French

I want you to know that I adore you.

Every moment spent with you makes me fall deeper in love with you. I look forward to the days, months, years to come. You are a blessing in my life, thank you for all the big and little things you do for me.

I love you.

To the Wandering Soul… letter from a site user

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

We just got this in. One of the site users made their letters public (yes you can do that. in the preview mode there is a checkbox to mark your letter as public). It is addressed to “The Wandering Soul”.

Hmmmm.. interesting. Here is the short letter, more a poem.

The Wandering Soul. Poetic Letter

Thought for Life, On Independence Day and More by Alok Mehta

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

My friend Alok (whom we affectionately call Jango) is one of the funniest one-line quotes maker. They are witty, some time down right hilarious and often have deep meaning behind them. So here are some of his one-liners from his facebook page. I love the one on Independence day

Some daily Quotes!

Highly encouraged to get some awesome feedback from users

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

We have been sending out Vintage Letters to friends and family and have been encouraged by all the enthusiastic support so far. One of our friends actually sent us a note using the site itself – here are some of her words of encouragement (thanks, Meg)

VintagaMailMaker is Awesome! A users feedback

Other comments we have received so far

1. This is lovely – Loren
2. This is such a great idea. I love it – A blogger in India
3. Love it!!!! it came through great on my phone! Such a great idea — Sara W.
4. Nice!!!
5. Really cool (a friend from India )
6. Its a great concept…. ( a friend in Portland)
7. Dude – everyone on my facebook think its cool !