Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Letter Writing Challenge

When was the last time you wrote a letter? I don't mean typed a few lines and then ran spell check. I'm talking about picking up a pen and pressing it against a piece of stationery. Can you even recall the excitement of opening the mailbox and finding a small square with your name on it?

In the age of texts and tweets, we've forgotten that letters are a gift with the power to charm and heal. They are sacred mementos and tangible proof, and often serve as a personal memoir or historical reference. After working on an epistolary novel, or a book comprised entirely of letters, I discovered a true passion for this lost art. I'd like to share this passion with you.

So, here's your challenge. Try writing just one letter. You could write to your mom for Mother's Day or to a friend in need of cheering. In your letter, ask them to write back - the old fashioned way - and embrace what it feels like to give and receive something that costs only 44 cents. At first it might seem a bit strange, and likely your hand will hurt just a bit. Still, I think you might unfold something special.

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