Make someone happy Put pen to paper again
Nowadays, messages reach their recipients in just a few seconds: grab your smartphone, tablet or laptop, and in a couple of clicks, you’re done. But even in these times of digitization, there are still more than enough reasons to sit down with pen and paper, take some time, gather your thoughts, express your feelings and write a letter or a card. As a thank you for a long-standing friendship. As a greeting from sunnier climes. As congratulations on passing an exam. Let yourself be inspired!
11 occasions for writing
Surprise your friends with handwritten holiday greetings instead of a smartphone selfie. That holiday feeling will be twice as nice.
A handwritten letter for your best friend’s birthday or a card congratulating a neighbour on the birth of a child inspires genuine emotions.
Time flies, and it’s often not easy to stay in touch with friends. Send a letter to let someone dear to you know that you’re thinking about them.
There are many things that tie you to your friends – shared memories, funny stories, wonderful moments. Tell a good friend how much they mean to you with a handwritten card.
Did your sister brighten your weekend with her invitation to a barbecue or your colleague take the time for a long discussion? Say thank you with a handwritten card and let them know how happy it made you.
Illnesses and accidents are often sad occasions for everyone concerned. Cheer up a patient with a handwritten get-well message.
Are you walking on air? The best way to convey real emotions is with personal mail. Write an affectionate letter or card to your loved one.
The sun doesn’t always shine. Life also has its difficult moments. Send a card to someone who is unhappy to let them know that they can count on you.
Mistakes and misunderstandings are human. A handwritten apology can have a wonderfully calming effect.
Children are always delighted to receive personal mail. The excitement they feel when they read their own name on a letter or card is unique. Wish your grandchild a lovely holiday in a letter, or congratulate your niece on her good marks in her maths exam with a card.
Sitting down, taking time, reflecting, gathering your thoughts, writing a letter – these things are calming and relaxing. “Letters, like any other pleasure, are something you should allow yourself after work,” said Swiss poet and author Gottfried Keller.
Whenever and for whatever reason you write to someone dear to you: your mail will be well received. Guaranteed.
It’s all about the setting Wherever you happen to be, why not put pen to paper again?
Writing is a creative activity, but you can influence it – for example, with a relaxed environment. Or with the right materials. A few tricks can help you with your preparation.
What kind of writer am I?
Are you the dynamic type who writes quickly and spontaneously in short, crisp sentences? Or are you a creative person who likes to tell imaginative, lively stories, structure your letters or cards lovingly and embellish them beautifully?
Where do I most like to write?
Think about what kind of setting gets you in the mood for writing: in the privacy of your home, your favourite café or under the shade of a tree in a city park? Take inspiration from your environment.
When and where do I have ideas?
At what time of the day are you inspired? In what place? In what mood? Listening to which music?
What paper should I choose?
What kind of paper do you like for your letters? White, coloured, lined or squared? The choice of matching envelope or a nice stamp is also part of the preparation process.
Which writing tool is right for my letter?
Pencil, pen, fountain pen or fineliner: what feels best in your hand? What do you feel most comfortable with? Which of them produces your finest writing? Which pen is appropriate for your letter?
Take a little time to answer these questions for yourself. Create the ideal ambience for you and prepare everything in advance, so that you can give free rein to your thoughts and focus fully on your writing. Try different places until you find the perfect one for you. Be inspired by the different types of paper in the stationery shop or department. Find a pen that feels good in your hand. This will make writing fun, and it will become very easy to find the right words.