Chapter 12: Send a handwritten letter!

Last but not least, the closing chapter for HandsUp4Handwriters will be about the significance of sending handwritten letters to your loved ones, industry professionals or just someone who you admire in general.

We’d like to begin with a heartfelt quote from Pen Heaven’s post on writing “Thank You” notes:

 “Receiving a handwritten letter creates feelings of excitement. It’s not often we get them so it’s always a very pleasant surprise to see a handwritten envelope in between a pile of bills. There is something incredibly personal about a handwritten note, the gratitude that it expresses, the memories that it brings back and the appreciation you feel really does boost your mood.” David Cole (CEO of Pen Heaven)

When was the last time you received a handwritten letter from someone? Writing letters have definitely become outdated in this digital age because sending text messages and emails reach people faster and gets the message across without much effort. But let’s face it, it’s convenient – but nowhere near as genuine as sending someone a personally handwritten letter. This society has come to completely relying on our smartphones when we want to send a heartfelt message to someone. For the convenience of people, there are digitally produced electronic letters being sent to people even on their special days rather than handcrafted cards, notes or letters.

So we’ve prepared some inspiring examples of handwritten letters to motivate you.

First one up is Emma Watson’s “Thank You” letter to Steve Carell:

Image Credit: Emma Watson’s “Thank You” note to Steve Carell posted on Pen Heaven

Imagine she typed this up in an email and sent it to him instead. It may still be sitting in his Inbox or even his Spam mail left as unread. The fact that this letter is handwritten in Emma Watson’s unique style reflects her respective nature and caring personality. The letter is short and impactful and well thought out. If you were to type this up, the letter would look so much shorter in length as well.

Another inspirational source we wanted to share is Aja Frost’s story on Lifehacker. In her post, “How a Few Handwritten Letters Helped My Career” she recounts her experience of sending a letter to a writer who she admired. She didn’t expect anything in return, but much to surprise she received a handwritten reply as well as a trail of opportunities. She also regularly exchanges snail mail with her mentor to share what is happening in her life in general which she highlights as a good way to develop strong connections.

So for anyone who wants to try this out and develop some strong professional ties, these are the tips Aja has to offer:

Starting is simple: Buy yourself a nice pack of cards and some stamps. Then, look for opportunities to send a letter to other people you’ve worked with or (like the case of the writer I admired) want to work with. Almost anyone is fair game—a person in the office next to you, a person in the office across the world from you, a former co-worker, your current boss, an intern who’s been extra helpful, someone who’s doing great things in your industry, an inspiring speaker or author; I could go on and on.

If you don’t know someone’s address, you can always ask him or her. Just say, “Hey! I’m sending you something in the mail, can I get your address?” However, if you want to make your letters a surprise, you’ll have to be a bit more creative. For people working in the same space, leave your note on their desks. For others, send it to their workplace (finding the address should only take two seconds on Google).

The only rules are you can’t ask for anything, the person can’t be from your personal life, and you have to send one letter a week.

Once a week may be pushing it to our limits because there’s so many other things to do in life, but we believe it’s worth giving it a try. Sending a handwritten letter to someone that you don’t know in person may be daunting at first, but it’s also exciting to see how the receiver of the letter might react. Think of the penpal days – how did that happen?

Coming to an end with this campaign, we believe that we achieved at least some part of our objective which was to raise awareness about the importance of handwriting to you all. We would like to sincerely thank you all for following, reading, commenting and liking our campaign and to express our gratitude to its fullest extent here is our little surprise “Thank You” note:

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We would like to leave you with the key hashtag for this campaign: #letshandwrite

We hope to see you all back with some amazing handwriting/calligraphy skills sometime in the future.

Farewell Handwriters.

Happy Handwriting 🙂

-Y.K-

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