- Write the way you talk.
- Use familiar words.
- Use simple terms.
- Write to express, not to impress.
- Pray. Ask God to help you write.
- If you’re angry, agitated, or upset, just drop a note saying you’ll “write when the sun comes out”. Use this phrase as your code to let your loved one know you’re having a bad day, etc.
- If you have to write about a difficult subject, put it on a separate sheet of paper, set it aside and go back to it later. You may want to change it.
Consider the person’s hobbies or interests.
Send clippings, adding your own comment.
Write about a shared memory.
Write about your situation. Be honest. But try to focus on the positive.
When possible be light-hearted.
ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN
Write stories to your children. Make up characters. Use a picture to get ideas.
Write to them about things you liked to do when you were young.
Write to sons about sports, cars, how you spend your day, etc.
Write to daughters about music, friends, what you eat, etc.
Keep the lines of communication open and in good shape.
Tell them you are sorry if you have hurt them.
Encourage them to write to you by asking questions- about school, job, their friends, fears, how they feel about you, etc.
The paper and pen may be your best friend.