My Top 3 Tips For Writing More Letters

April is National Letter Writing Month and we are celebrating with 3 tips for writing more letters!If you’ve been following along with us on social media and emails, you will notice we’ve been celebrating National Letter Writing Month throughout the month of April! Sending thoughtful letters and notes of encouragement is something we hold dear as a company and something I’ve tried to incorporate into my own personal life. As National Letter Writing Month comes to a close, I wanted to share some thoughts that have been helpful to me. Here are my top 3 tips for writing more letters…

Tip 1: for sending more letters and snail mail- Make a plan

1. Make a Plan

There’s no doubt that shooting a text or an email is much easier than taking the time to hand write a letter or card. Because of that fact, a handwritten note will hold that much more value and significance to the recipient. (More on that topic in our past post about the significance of snail mail.)

Since writing a letter involves the extra effort, I recommend making a plan. Perhaps you want to set a goal of sending two hand-written cards per month. Write that goal down in your planner! I would even pencil in the day you plan to set aside to write your letters. Set the intention and get specific! Writing a letter involves having a bit of mental space to get your thoughts out, so be sure to make a plan to give yourself that needed space.

Tip 2 for sending more letters & snail mail: Get organized

2. Get Organized

Writing a letter or sending a card is so much easier when you have the supplies you need readily available. It’s frustrating to write a card only to realize you are out of stamps and need to make a special trip to the post office. I like to keep a stash of stamps, washi, pens, and cards for different occasions/themes all ready to go.

You could even go as far to have all of those things in one place! Try out our project for a snail mail organizer to help make the process more convenient.

Our philosophy at Lily & Val especially when it comes to sending letters: Embrace Imperfection

3. Embrace Imperfection

Anytime we are writing something by hand, mistakes are bound to be made. When I make a mistake in my writing, I have to resist the urge to start all over again! (Does anyone else feel this way?!) You can take your time when writing to avoid any misspellings or errors, but if you need to cross out a word or use white out, that is okay. It may sound a bit silly to say that, but it is something I struggled with and it made the idea of writing a letter much more time consuming than it needed to be.

The same goes for the envelope addressing. Yes, I love hand lettering or using a brush pen to write the address and make it pretty, however, it does not have to be perfect. The recipient is going to love your letter regardless.

The bottom line is: Don’t let the pressure of making the letter or the envelope perfect stop you from sending the letter. 

The rustic touch of kraft paper brings a modern feel to this simple "thank you bunches" hand-drawn note card For our final National Letter Writing Month surprise, we released TEN new cards on lilyandval.com!! The designs include new birthday, sympathy, thanks congrats, and two gold and rose gold foil cards for Mom on Mother’s Day!

Below you’ll find a peek of some of the new designs.

A sweet, simple sympathy card for the times when words are hard to come by. "You're on my heart" card hand-drawn by Lily & ValSend thanks and sweet wishes with this pretty in pink thank you card, hand-drawn by Valerie McKeehan Send a letter in our new gold foiled, hand-drawn congrats cardGold Foil Hand-drawn MOM card for Mother's Day or any special occasion to make Mom feel specialI’d love to hear what you think about the new cards – please shoot me a comment! I hope you’ve enjoyed National Letter Writing month as much as I have! Do you have other tips for writing more letters? Leave those in the comments too! Happy snail-mail-sending!

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  • Reply Valerie Meier January 31, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    I love your idea of pen and paper communication…I say “talking” via writing gets the real message across in such a personal way…I plan to make my own (or maybe purchase yours) and send to a few friends who were nice enough to send us Xmas cards…Valerie in St. Louis

  • Reply Gwen March 30, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    I received five hand written letters this week!! All of them were from women in their 80’s and one in her 90’s. Their fingers are stiff. Their vision is poor. They say I hope you can read this. Yet I became moved to receive all this mail just when I needed a boost to my spirits. If they can do it so can I !! I know the recipient will enjoy mail!! To know someone thought of me made me feel special. I want others to feel that way too. I wish there were sets like at Christmas and Day. Those motivated me to write letters!!! I had a set and I chose that many recipients!! It really helped me stay on task!! An idea for the seasons??!!

  • Reply Lavidania Del rosario March 31, 2018 at 11:48 am

    It’s a great idea!!! I loved…

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