Do you write letters by hand?
I'm beginning to write a book in second person. The character writes hand-written letters to another person in her life. Is this realistic? Do you still write letters to the people in your life?
I write a few Christmas cards once a year, otherwise, the only things I write by hand are grocery lists, sticky notes, phone numbers, and things to do around the house.
My mother in law still writes letters by hand because that's how she has always done it. If your book is about people who are of the generation that has the habit of doing so that probably will work. Also, if these are people who lived in the past, then that would be OK too.
I think it's realistic if the scene are picturing 1990's.
I rarely write letter by hand nowadays, i think currently most people are using emails for sending message in the form of "letter" to each other. I write a few birthday cards and Christmas cards though
As to the first part of your question asking people if they write letters by hand, my answer is "No, I don't." Frankly I have been using my computer for so long (I still remember working on a PC with one removable disk drive for programs & data and using a singly floppy disk whose capacity was measured in kilobytes and running on a Microsoft DOS version 1 operating system) that my handwriting has declined to the point where even I have a difficult time reading it. So, other than signing my name and scribbling notes in meetings, I rarely write with pen and ink.
However, as to the second part of your question where you ask if it is believable to have a character who writes hand-written letters this can be believable. According to some articles in the Wall Street Journal and other publications, there is a growing niche market to service those who do write hand-written letters and notes. These places produce and sell elegant stationary, note cards, etc. and their business seems to be growing as a number of people like the idea of sending and receiving hand-written letters in an age when most writing is digital.
Good luck with your book.
I conduct business and do my technical writing with a word processing application (MS Word) on a Mac, and have done so since I purchased my first in 1988; however, my personal correspondence is handwritten (with a fountain pen) whenever I write to close friends or pen a note of congratulations or a letter of condolence. Judging from the feedback over the years, those handwritten messages are genuinely appreciated.
i write greeting cards by hand and make them myself. I don't print cards. My dad still keeps them
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