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:
- Your location
- Paris, France
- Tampa, Florida
- your full address with city and state
- Three sentences minimum
- Windup phrase: "Thank you again"
Shepherd states, "Curiously enough, a hallmark of a real handwritten note is the envelope...you 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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