It’s a few days until Valentine’s Day, enough time to transform your relationship!
How? With a heartfelt Valentine’s Day letter of appreciation! Unsure what to include in your letter? I’m here to help—read on.
1. Plan ~ Get quiet and think of the person you’re writing to. Think what you’d like to tell that special someone to help them know they’ve made a positive difference, and how. Jot down a few positive words that best describe the person you’re writing to; if you can, recall examples of those positive qualities in action.
2. Write a draft that includes these components ~
• A story; a reminiscence. The easy one, for a romantic letter, is to describe how you first met. But if you’re writing to a friend, family member, or other relative, just someone else, just recount a shared, treasured memory that will bring a smile.
• The person’s lovable or admirable qualities. You already have the words and notes about how you’ve seen those positive traits in action; just write them up.
• Acknowledgment that the person has made a positive difference.
Everyone wants to know they’ve made a difference, but unless they’re told, they may not know they have. So tell how this person has made a positive difference–whether in your own life, in the life of someone you know, in the community, or in the world.
• An expression of thanks and love.
This can be brief – “Thank you” or “I love you so much for all you are.”
• Complimentary close and your signature. Use the expression most appropriate and natural for the circumstance and the person you’re writing to, whether it’s “In gratitude,” “All my love,” or “Your friend always,” and below that, sign your name.
3. Let your draft rest for 24 hours and then reread ~ Refine what you’ve written so it will read smoothly and contain no errors. Get a friend to read it also, if you can; fresh eyes see more!
4. Rewrite from your corrected draft ~ Use good stationery for this. For a romantic letter in particular, use handwriting or hand-printing; another type of letter can be printed on the computer, if you wish, in a nice, readable fontespecially if it is likely to be framed.
5. Present your letter appropriately ~ A romantic handwritten letter can be presented, with or without an envelope, during a special dinner or other intimate moment. A non-romantic heartfelt letter can be presented in person while sharing a meal or a drink together. Keep that letter flat, if you can, with or without an envelope, or mounted in a certificate holder, or else framed. If you can’t present the letter personally, use an appropriate-sized envelope (large, flat envelope marked “Do Not Bend” is best). If the letter is framed, package it carefully to prevent damage in transit, and mark it “Fragile.”
6. Know the joys of a forever-enhanced relationship ~ Enjoy your Valentine’s Day,
Copyright © 2015 Lynette M. Smith. Lynette M. Smith owns and operates All My Best Copyediting and Heartfelt Publishing and is the author of the award-winning comprehensive reference book, How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special. For more information, visit: http://www.GoodWaysToWrite.com
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