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Love letters aren’t just for Valentine’s Day. They are perfect year-round gifts. Here’s why (and how) to write love letters to everyone in your life.
How To Write The Perfect Love Letter
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, now is the perfect time to talk about one of my favorite forms of writing: the classic love letter.
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First, I want to clear up my thoughts about Valentine’s Day. My husband and I don’t do Valentine’s Day, but that’s because it’s meaningless. We make mushy lovers the rest of the year. We’ve been together for almost a decade, so this seems like a good year to go the extra mile!
Along those same lines, love is a unique human emotion. It’s not limited to romantic love (which, let’s face it, can be complicated and difficult). My favorite kind of love is quiet and unassuming: the neighbor who brings you soup, the child you tuck into bed with at night, your friend who is your best friend (even after you chose to you and so on). That’s the love I want to celebrate!
You can send a love letter to many loved ones in your life: parents, children, best friends, siblings, grandparents. So, let’s write!
I’m sending some love letters this year, so here’s a look at my approach. I embarrassed my husband and wrote him a love letter. And Ima-puttin’ it between the sites! Don’t feel bad about him; he knew what he was getting into when he married me.
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The good news is that love letters don’t call for tons of supplies. Write them down on a piece of paper, a fine stationery, or a piece of paper. It doesn’t matter. I have a love letter in my “rescue” box that is actually on a key ring. It’s beautiful.
But I want to have fun with these things. I just booked the correspondence (in preparation for InCoWriMo, for International Correspondence Month in February). Another reason to play with pen and paper, right?
One of the best parts about expressing yourself on paper is that you can change and refine your words to the way you want them to be. The first draft (or 2 or 3) is yours alone. Write the original copy securely knowing that no one will see it.
Start with a pencil or on scrap paper. Then pause your message. Take a break, get a coffee, eat a snack, straighten up, and come back to edit your post.
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Once you have the right words, put them down in your favorite ink. I used a blue Gelly Roll pen to match the envelope I decorated for it.
I know, writing is hard. Love letters are more complicated. It’s okay to ask for help. Pull out an excerpt from a famous love letter and quote it. Let a skilled writer do your mushy work for you! Sometimes we feel “fake” if we try to write with growing love.
A word, on the other hand, you took the time to find the right words in someone’s hand. There is a sense of purpose without being forced.
My choice is this beautiful quote from one of Winston Churchill’s love letters to his wife Clementine. I copied it in cursive using my Pilot Metropolitan so it would stand out from the rest of my letter.
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I feel so much in your debt, if stories can be found in love…What I live all these years in your heart and in your relationship words cannot tell.
Sometimes it’s easier. “Simple” is my word for the year, so I want to find a simple way to show love every day. I cut glittery Post-its into hearts and put cute and silly words on them.
I’ve had enough, I want to hear from you! What is your favorite way to write a love letter? What about unrequited love? Share the ways you celebrate your loved ones every day.
Megan Rutell is the author behind Page Flutter. She is also a writer, writer lover, Air Force veteran, and homesick Colorado girl. Most people think that the days of making love letters are dead and gone but I’m not, a hopeless lover. One of my favorite things to do for my husband is to write love letters! As a military spouse, I believe that writing love letters is an art form that we can all truly master. I started to love them when my husband left to teach at West Point the first summer we were together. Although we talk very little on the phone most nights, we enjoy the love letters and have a collection of everything we’ve written over the years!
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With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought it would be a great way to ease into my love letter writing routine. I’m not one of those people who hates Valentine’s Day and thinks it’s pointless. I think it’s a good reason to celebrate the things we love (whether it’s your friends, significant other, or family!
Growing up, my parents made sure Valentine’s Day was special to me. I remember receiving tons of chocolates and cards with handwritten notes from my parents every year. Now, writing love letters has become a way for me to send that little something when my husband needs to pick me up. I really want to surprise him with a few love letters when he’s not expecting it!
But crafting love letters can be tricky. If you haven’t been together for a long time, you may be afraid to speak up. Awkward. If you’ve been together or written letters often, you may think you’ve already said everything to say. He can be a little ambitious. Here are some tips to get you closer to creating the perfect love letter!
Like anything in love, an arrangement can make or break it. Turn off the lights and have a nice playlist of love songs to listen to while you write. You can even go so far as to light the candles and open a bottle of wine (as we like a reason). Honestly, I can’t stress enough how much setting the tone is for creating the perfect love letter. Do you really think you can write a bunch of jokes to your significant other if you’re watching something on Investigation Discovery? Probably not (unless you’re happy they’re not serial killers).
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This is what I do every time I write a letter to Justin. Each letter has a topic and I relate to that topic in the letter. Choosing a theme will keep the writing process simple! Here are some suggestions for topics:
See how easy it is to write your letter? Once you choose a theme the ideas will just start to flow (or if they don’t, you can do some more thinking). I promise it’s not as hard as it sounds!
Just because you write a love letter doesn’t mean they’re going to be a cute piece of college paper wrapped in a white envelope. Be creative and put your own little spin on things! One of my favorite “letters” to Justin was made using some crazy crafting skills (wink, wink). Basically, I got some USMA/Army color cards, some military notebook binders, threw in a couple of different items, and got some pretty cute cards. I have been known to throw some wonderful things into the letters or make a game out of them (like that time I put a card and an envelope for him to write me a letter… I’m waiting for that). Open When letters appear for military friends and long-term friends and they take the whole romantic thing to the next level. If you don’t know where to start, Pinterest seems to be an endless source of letter ideas or you can check out the OG Open-When letters post from Jo! My Gosh.
I can’t help you much here, other than to say, do a picture or two first. The last thing you want to do is mess up the beautiful fixtures you’ve chosen. This is handy if you want to be creative with your message. If you’re not sure what to write, there’s actually a wikiHow on writing love letters, complete with details. When you write, think about how you feel about that person and your relationship. Try not to get too cheesy or boring with cliches (I almost always do).
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Above all, remember this. Your significant other will love the fact that you took time out of your busy schedule to actually sit down and write something to them (and if they