Sending handwritten post takes more time than an email, can feel outdated, and seems inconvenient.
Which is exactly why it’s worth it.
Crinkled index cards from my best friend, jammed into our shared high school locker. Thick, embossed monogrammed cards, congratulating me on my graduation. Hilarious, doodle covered notes, reminding me that some of my heart is still in New York.
Letter writing is an ancient art, dating to around 500 BC. For thousands of years, communicating over distance was only possible by mail. Over time, the art has shifted from necessity to a quaint habit. When information can be exchanged instantly and gone tomorrow, where does letter writing stand?
In the intentionality of the practice lies its magic. The time that it takes to find stationery, write a note, seal it, and drop it in the mail says to the person receiving, “You’re important to me. Here’s the proof.”
There is no form of communication as intimate, certain, and lingering as a letter. The pen provides gravity to words, looped in black ink or scribbled in blue. They are final, sealed, and meant only for the person receiving them. Letters are reminders. Reminding someone you miss them deeply, you're cheering for them, or even simply that your life feels more like a Nora Ephron movie because of them.
Here are some letter writing tips:
Beautiful stationery helps. Try making your own by printing your best landscape work on the front of a blank card or opt for a simple monogram. I might be biased, but Pink Print Co. is a great place to start the search for a card that makes writing a note feel most like you.
Keep stamps on hand. Sometimes I'll tuck a few into my planner as a reminder to reply to letters from friends or pick up some cards for birthdays.
When at a loss, try starting with a beloved poem. I think it sets the tone beautifully. I also enjoy crafting playlists for the person I'm writing to, the old fashioned way. Book recommendations and beautiful images ripped from magazines also make great additions.
Lastly, write often. It's good for your creative practice, selfishly, but more importantly, you can't remind people you love them enough.