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How to Write a Good Letter ?

Updated on July 6, 2011

The art of writing a letter

With the advent of technology and internet, writing letters have indeed been reduced in our daily lives. But that doesn’t mean we should completely neglect or avoid this wonderful art of writing to our dear friends or to someone we haven’t seen till now.

It is certain that the art of writing a letter through emails has changed the way we write. But there are set of rules and guidelines which we need to follow while we sit down to write a letter with our pen and paper. To begin with, we must make sure that we use a neat, white paper and a good, reliable black or blue ink pen. We must also use a correctly sized envelope to post the letter.

A letter has three parts- the opening, the body and the closing.

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Part of a Letter

The opening of aletter is the beginning of the letter; it is in fact an ice breaker. Here, you greet the addressee in a polite manner, even if he or she is your close friend. It can be with a “Hello” or “Dear”. Make sure that you write the name of recipient correctly without any spelling mistakes.

The body of a letter contains the real matter you wish to convey. Make sure that you express the matter clearly and precisely. Also avoid grammar mistakes and spelling mistakes. Make use of small paragraphs to drive home your point, thus making it clear and less complicated. The reader should be able to understand the content of the letter immediately as he reads it. He shouldn’t feel bored reading it. It should not be too lengthy. The body has the reason why you are writing the letter.

The closing is the conclusion of your letter. You may end it with “Regards”, “Faithfully” or “With Love”. You cannot just begin and end your letter abruptly.

If you expect a reply from him or her, you must politely state that as you conclude your letter with a “Hope to get a quick response from you” or a “Waiting for your reply”.

Successful Letters for All Occasions

Communicate throughout the letter in a friendly, polite tone. Avoid using colloquial language and negative words especially in a formal letter. Never be too formal. Use the correct punctuation marks and countercheck your letter for grammar and spelling mistakes. Always have the letter layout and the matter even before you start writing. You must analyze why you are writing the letter even before you begin writing it!

The excitement of writing a good letter to convey our point to someone far away and the thrill of getting a reply, though not instantly, doesn’t seem to vanish even if emails and keyboards have substituted our pen and paper. The art of writing a letter will continue to exist till the end of this world.


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    • LensMan999 profile image

      LensMan999 4 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      Hi Silver,Nancy's Niche and HP,

      Glad to find that there are still people who support letter writing and consider it as an art form.

    • H P Roychoudhury profile image

      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Good to remember the old habit of writing letter.

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      Nancy's Niche 7 years ago

      Very nice subject and well done; it is becoming a lost art.

    • Silver Poet profile image

      Silver Poet 7 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      Good hub about good letters. It should not become a lost art.