How to Handwrite a Letter: The Only Guide You Need

handwritten letter

Handwritten letters: it’s a disappearing skill only few know.

Why would you want to know how to handwrite a letter in today’s technology-driven world?

Personal letter writing can make the difference of securing your dream job, advancing multigenerational conversation, and even saving money.

For those trying to learn how to write a personal letter, we’ve compiled a guide with the top handwritten letter tips you need to know.

So buckle up.

Get ready to discover the five lost secrets of writing letters to someone!

1. The Materials

If you are sending a formal letter, it is important to know how to send certified mail and the materials needed. A formal letter is something sent to government officials, business associates, and people you do not know on a personal level.

You will need:

  • 8.5″ x 11″ white printer paper

  • Serif font

  • Block format

Remember formal letters should be typed!

2. The Address

The address it the first piece of information you need to know when learning how to write a letter to mail.

The address includes:

  • Your name

  • Your address

Next, skip a line and type the date. 

Skip a line again and below the date type the:

  • Name of recipient

  • Company of recipient (if applicable)

  • Address of recipient

All of this information should go in the top left hand corner of your letter.

3. The Introduction 

This is your first impression. The introduction is your salutation where you directly address the recipient. 

Depending on how well you know the recipient, you can choose:

  • To whom it may concern

  • Dear [recipient]

  • Hello [recipient]  

You can follow your salutation with either a colon or comma with the former being most formal.

4. The Body

It can be challenging deciding what to write in a letter. The body of the letter is the time to drive home the main reason you are writing. Try to be to the point and keep your letter to one page.

Some main points may include:

  • Expressing a concern

  • Asking for help

  • Thanking someone

If possible, do not use the passive voice.

You should use single spacing and leave a blank space between paragraphs. There should be no indentations.

5. The Valediction

The valediction follows your closing paragraph. This is the send off of the letter and the last thing the recipient will see.

Some great choices include:

  • Sincerely

  • Kind regards

  • Best wishes

 Skip two lines and write your name and your company (if applicable). 

How to Handwrite a Letter

There are so many reasons for writing letters to someone like:

  • Celebrations

  • Preserving memories

  • Inspiring change

And now you have the skills to do it! Remember your tone and formality will change depending on who the recipient is. Always double check the spelling of names and companies before sending your final product.

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