A Word of Encouragement

Many of us have accepted the challenge to write a letter everyday during Letter Writing Month. We're in the tail end of the month now and having benefited from this challenge I wanted to share a few of my thoughts. 

  • Writing is a discipline. Sure, it's great when inspiration happens but if we wait upon inspiration we will be irregular writers at best. Pick up the pen, set your mind to the conversation at hand and inspiration will follow.
  • Letters are best written one at a time not in bunches when we're in a rush to catch up. 
  • From discipline comes an enjoyable rhythm. Knowing that after dinner I will write a letter I can throughout the day enjoy the anticipation of writing that letter and develop thoughts about it before I sit down to write.
  • Having writing time set aside adds half an hour of quiet to the day. Silence is even more a lost art than is letter writing. 
  • Attitude is everything. Here I will pass on an encouraging word from Southern Dreaming:
As Annie Dillard once said, "People deserve inordinacy." Take your time and enjoy your people. Don't pressure yourself.
Every letter has a recipient and that recipient is a person. Giving them your best won't happen in a rush to crank out yet another letter. Savor the conversation. Enjoy it. Writing should be pleasure not a chore. If writing is a pleasure your letter will more likely be a pleasure to read. 


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  1. Have I missed something lately? I love the "new look" of your blog...the side papers are so pretty! Great job!

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    1. I doubt you've missed anything...I'm wearing a new dress, that's all. Imagine it with an empire waist :)

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  2. Hmmm, I just write a comment and pressed preview to check spelling and it disappeared! Take two: Your thoughts are absolutely right on. I find I approach my letter writing in a much more calm way now. I received your letter yesterday and I'm writing my response today. It's so nice to have a chat and a cuppa through the post.

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    1. Yes! As always I look forward to reading the next installment of the conversation.

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  3. Mrs. Duffy, thank you so much for sharing this month's progress on letter writing. I have thoroughly enjoyed following your writing activity. My letter to you is in progress with an added twist.

    P.S. I recently wrote a letter to an acquaintance and the person in question had chosen to email me to say how much enjoyable it was to read handwritten words. I found the experience too strange to be upsetting. I thought you'd find humour in this vignette :-)

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    1. That's exactly why I started penpalling. I would write letters to people and they would email back saying how wonderful it was to get a letter never thinking that they should actually write one in response or that I might like one too. I decided to seek out those who actually wanted to write letters and I've never regretted it! I look forward to your letter and am curious about the "added twist" :)

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