Here at Goldspot Pens, we embrace any excuse to put pen to paper, especially if it helps spread awareness of how awesome putting pen to paper actually is. International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo) is one of our most favorite excuses. It’s a month-long challenge similar to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) that isn’t as intense as writing a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Instead, you simply write a letter for each of the 28 days in February.
Sounds simple, right?
Well, maybe the reason you’re reading this article is that you’re a bit lost on how to write a letter. After all, isn’t handwriting snail mail a lost art? What exactly does one write a letter? What is the proper format? How will I ever keep track of the conversation without the help of nested replies?
Let’s turn off the distracting devices (Just not the one you’re reading this post on), roll our sleeves up, grab your favorite pen, ink, and paper, and let’s get to work cranking out these letters, shall we?
Standard Letter Format
Firstly, let’s take a look at what a typical piece of correspondence looks like. This is important to follow because, especially as you begin to receive mail, you realize that a well-formatted letter is far easier to read and digest than one that looks like it was written in the middle of an earthquake.
Do include your name, address, and other pertinent contact info on the letter itself. Sure, having a return address on the envelope is sufficient for the post office, but many people discard the envelope, so including your address information in the top left of the page helps the recipient keep track of their correspondence and easily get back to you without fishing through their garbage.
Addressing the person by saying