Letter Writing Tips
The more personal your letter is, the more
influence it has. Say whatís on your mind and in your heart.
Use your own words wherever possible, but donít think you
have to write like an expert to have influence. Hand write your
letter if your handwriting is legible. Mass computer generated
mail is getting so sophisticated that it often looks like itís
done by an individual. Handwritten letters are now the only way
that a congressional office knows that the letter really comes
from an individual constituent. If you prefer to type a letter,
make sure you sign it and then add a handwritten P.S.
This is always fun to send and
Personal and family photos make
your correspondence more special.
Select one that reflects your
personality. You can even write on the back for an added
personal touch. Experiment with a variety of sizes.
Use different types of paper,
different colors, sizes, shapes.
You can have fun with lots of
color inks. Even use many colors in the same letter. It
will be fun to read.
Sketches, doodles are also fun
to include in your letter.
of Local Interest
Share interesting local stories
with your pen friends.
Want to share something
special? A lock of your hair in a small envelope!
& CDs of Local Entertainers
You can trade these with each
other. Sharing you local popular music.
or Business Card
This or a personal card may
also be included. Use your imagination with this. You can
make your own with a computer. Include lots of info.
or Computer Letters
If you have an easily readable
handwriting, stick with it. Or, a neatly typed or
computer letter may be easier to read for your pen
A very exciting voice letter is
your message on tape. You can talk for an hour and
include voices of your family, pets, your favorite music
etc. Try it.
- Send train tickets or tickets from
places you visited
- Add some surprise confetti that will fall out when the
letter is opened
- Enclose a poem or a literary passage you like
- Make a little phrasebook of your native language/region's
- Draw a map explaining where the places you refer to are
-When you e-mail or snail mail them, tell them where you
got their name and address.
-Don't TELL them that you are their new pen pal, ASK them
if they want to be pen pals.
-Don't just answer their questions and send it back or
they won't know what to write.
-Ask at least 1 question per letter.
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