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• "Today, personal letter writing is a declining art. The stories of our lives are now told in short, abrupt, unliterary, and ungrammatical e-mails instead of thoughtfully written letters penned in elegant handwriting. Yet people still write letters: brothers write sisters, college students write home to Mom and Dad, parents write loving letters to children who are spending their first summer at sleep-away camp… "The overriding instruction for personal letters: Write from the heart in a positive, caring, giving tone. Warm letters have always had a powerful ability to build goodwill. And in an age of computers and e-mail, the old-fashioned personal letter stands out even more." (Robert W. Bly, Webster’s New World Letter Writing Handbook. Wiley, 2004)

• "I hold that the parentheses are by far the most important parts of a non-business letter." (D.H. Lawrence, letter to Blanche May Rust Jennings, April 15, 1908. The Letters of D. H. Lawrence, ed. by James T. Boulton. Cambridge University Press, 1979).

"A personal letter takes longer to write than the few abrupt sentences you bang out without proofreading before you click on ‘send’; it takes longer to read than the blink-and-delete blitz that helps you purge your inbox; and it digs deeper than the brief handwritten note that you drop in the mail. A letter deals with issues that deserve more than a minute of attention. It aims to strengthen a relationship, not just react to a situation. A letter isn’t limited to a specific message like ‘Can you come over?’ or ‘Thank you for the birthday check.’ Rather, it can take both the writer and the reader on an excursion that sets off from a home base of mutual trust: ‘I know you’ll be interested in what I think’ or ‘I’d like to hear your ideas on this.’ Whether it comes into your life onscreen or through the mail slot, the well-thought-out personal letter is irresistible to read aloud, mull over, respond to, read again, and save.

"The following are examples of types of personal letters you may wish to write: – Happy-news letters sent for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, life achievements, and all sorts of occasions. – Correspondence that keeps you in touch with friends and relatives. – Letters of introduction, initiating a relationship, or observing the etiquette of introduction. – Personal letters of appreciation following a death in the family or sent in response to acts of kindness."

It’s not a term paper. When you come to the end of one episode, just start a new paragraph. You can go from a few lines about the sad state of pro football to the fight with your mother to your fond memories of Mexico to your cat’s urinary tract infection to a few thoughts on personal indebtedness and on to the kitchen sink and what’s in it. The more you write, the easier it gets, and when you have a True True Friend to write to, a compadre, a soul sibling, then it’s like driving a car down a country road, you just get behind the keyboard and press on the gas.

"Don’t tear up the page and start over when you write a bad line—try to write your way out of it. Make mistakes and plunge on. Let the letter cook along and let yourself be bold. Outrage, confusion, love—whatever is in your mind, let it find a way to the page. Writing is a means of discovery, always, and when you come to the end and write Yours ever or Hugs and kisses, you’ll know something you didn’t when you wrote Dear Pal." (Garrison Keillor, "How to Write a Letter." We Are Still Married: Stories and Letters. Viking Penguin, 1989) Personal Letters and Literature

"[I]n the last two centuries the distinction between the personal letter and more public forms of literary expression has become blurred almost beyond recognition. Some of the greatest writers have had their personal letters published as major works, often regarded as discussions of literature. An early example would be the letters of John Keats, which were originally personal, but which now appear in collections of essays on literary theory.

Thus the ancient form continues to have an intriguing ambiguity of purpose and a vigorous potentiality in relation to the essay form." (Donald M. Hassler, "Letter." Encyclopedia of the Essay, ed. Tracy Chevalier. Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1997