Writing a Love Letter – Part 2

Writing

Start your letter with terms of endearment. “Dear Jane” is not the lead in for a monumental Love Letter. Consider using a pet name, or simply phrasing it “My sweetest Jane”. As with any letter, you will want to state your purpose for writing. Whether your love is far away, you suddenly see your best friend as something more, or the relationship is going well and you cannot keep from bursting at the seams with how much you love this person, start by telling them so. You can be honest and express that you are not sure how to begin or what to say. Mention what the thought of this special person does to you: makes your heart race, ties you up in knots, keeps you awake at night, has you thinking about the future, makes you smile, or frightens you at how much they mean to you so quickly, to name a few. Try to refrain from negatives such as “You must think I am insane” or “I know you do not feel the same”. These statements may be true, but a Love Letter is a statement or confession of love. It is not necessarily a correspondence. Be bold, be honest, and be yourself. If you tend to keep things lighthearted and fun you can still include some inside jokes or recollect funny occasions, but do avoid being too casual. This letter should be formally stating your love rather than crafting witty remarks at every line. Your reader should fall deeper in love, not laughter, after reading your words.

The body of your letter should explain why you feel the way you do. Include specific moments when you realized that you loved the person, such as what they were doing and where you were. Recall special times together and memories that you often think of. Try to avoid making lists. While it is acceptable to recount his or her qualities and attributes that you appreciate, you do not want your letter to come off as an inventory of traits. Again, focus on the way the person makes you feel and how they have impacted your life.

If you are a person that cannot express themselves well in writing, there is still another option for you. Consider a different format for your letter. Begin with an adoring greeting and pen the purpose for your letter. From there, you can explain that your words would never fully express how you feel, and state that someone else has done so more adequately than you could. From there you may choose to hand write a poem or prose that reflects your sentiments. It may be written by your lover’s favorite author or just a beautifully articulated sonnet that you wanted to share. Hand writing it out will still reflect the thought and time you have put into this Love Letter. Be sure to credit the author from whom you are borrowing, though.

After detailing your feelings, draw the letter to a close. Try to sum it up in one sentence, the crux of what this person means to you, or close by telling them what writing this letter has allowed you to do, such as “Now I can rest because you finally know how I feel” or “It is so freeing to tell you all that is in my heart”. End in a positive, cheerful way. Writing this letter should leave you feeling happy and alive because you are thinking about the one that makes you happy and alive! Be sure to sign your letter with something more than just “Love, John”; you cannot write a letter of love and then close it in such an anticlimactic manner. Consider a “Forever Yours” or “All my love” salutation, something that is heartfelt and meaningful.


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