A Guide to Reclaiming Civilized Communication

by Margaret Shepherd

Many of my friends and clients know my passion for sending handwritten notes. The Art of the Handwritten Note was a pleasurable and inspirational book to read. Shepherd suggests to "write from a space of your own" and assemble your materials (stationery, postage stamps, pen, address list, scratch paper, etc.) Her "simple recipe" for writing notes includes five items:

  1. Your location
    • Paris, France
    • Tampa, Florida
    • your full address with city and state
  2. Date
  3. Salutation
    • Dear
    • Hello
    • Hi
  4. Text
    • Three sentences minimum
    • Windup phrase: "Thank you again"
  5. Closing
    • Sincerely
    • Cheers
    • Ciao
    • Regards
    • Yours

Shepherd states, "Curiously enough, a hallmark of a real handwritten note is the can send a clear message that your words are worth reading by putting the note into a hand-addressed envelope."

The book includes many examples and prompts to get your creative juices flowing. It is a great reference tool if you find yourself stumped when you sit down to write.

Do you send handwritten notes?

What has been the recipient's response?


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