The Dos and Don’ts of Writing a Love Letter

You don’t need to wait until Valentine’s Day to send your significant other a love letter.  In fact, sending a love letter at random could mean even more to your partner than if you waited for a special event.  It may seem difficult at first, but the truth is that anyone can write a love letter.

 

How to Begin

The hardest part about doing anything for the first time is taking that first step forward.  Before you even begin to worry about what words to write, you will need to get the basic supplies.

 

Stationery

Before you begin writing, you will need the right stationery.  Writing declarations of love on some notebook paper will work for those small love notes, but a true love letter will require some nice paper.  Find some tasteful stationery that will impress your significant other.  The stationery doesn’t need to have hearts or cupids around the borders.  Keep it simple and elegant so that the recipient will be focused on your words.

 

Writing Utensil

For a writing utensil, it is recommended that you write in ink rather than pencil.  If you are worried about making a mistake, you can always write a draft letter in pencil, and then copy it over to your actual letter.  There are different pens that are suitable to writing love letters.  While a simple ballpoint pen will do, there are many benefits to using a fountain pen that you may find helpful when crafting a love letter.

 

Finding the Words

It may seem daunting to find the right words to express to your loved one.  Not everyone can be a wordsmith, and your significant other probably knows that you aren’t the next Byron.  To kickstart your creativity, follow these tips:

 

Take a Walk

Reflect on your relationship with your significant other while you take a walk.  Go over the good times and touching moments that really stand out to you.  By doing this, the emotions will come first instead of the words.  By the time the walk is over, you will hopefully be full of happy emotions that center around your love.

 

Putting Words to Paper

Now that the emotion is there, the words will become more heartfelt.  However, this does not automatically mean that they will be good.  Don’t become discouraged if it takes a couple of tries to begin.  A trick that might help you is imagining what it would be like if they weren’t in your life.  This can get people emotional and feeling grateful for their significant others.

 

Start from the Beginning

It’s a good idea to start a love letter from the beginning.  What compelled you to write the letter?  This helps the reader know what type of letter it is and where it might be headed.  Instead of immediately declaring your love, ease into it with a sweet memory.

 

Finish with the Future

A good way to wrap up a love letter is to talk about the future of your relationship.  Even if you aren’t sure where you might be in five years, it’s important that you allude to the fact that they will be there with you.  The ending of the letter should be positive and obvious of your love for your partner.

 

Final Touches

Once the letter is finished, don’t forget to write the date on the letter and end it with a nice salutation.  Make sure that the text is not showing when you fold the letter.

 

Personalize the letter

For extra sentimentality, you can make the letter more personal by adding something that relates to you and your significant other.  For instance, if your partner has a favorite flower, consider adding the petals inside the envelope.

 

Other Ideas

Many stationery sets come with envelopes that will fit the letter perfectly, so you don’t have to worry about the envelope.  However, you can make your love letter even fancier by using a wax seal.  Other ways to make your letter more exciting might include wrapping the envelope in ribbon or by writing your partner’s nickname on the front.

 

Send the Letter

It’s time to send that love letter to your partner.  Don’t let fear change your mind.  As long as the words that you wrote were truthful, there should be no holding back.  Send it through the mail or put it on their pillow if you live with your partner.   They will no doubt cherish the letter and the thought that you put into it.

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