Writing 101: Day Nine – Reinvent A Letter Format
In Writing 101, day nine task:
Some might say a post in the form of a letter is trite and overdone. But when done well, a letter can tell a great story or get your message across.
Consider Michael Hobbes’ piece of memoir, “An Open Letter to the Girl I Pretended to Have a Crush On in Eighth Grade,” Anne Thériault’s “An Open Letter to All of My Friends Who Take Selfies,” Dawn Quyle Landau’s “On My Father’s Birthday: A Letter to the Man Who Killed Him,” and Ernst Stuhlinger’s letter to a nun in Africa in 1970.
Today, write your post as a letter. Approach it in any way you’d like, but if you’re not sure what to write, here are ideas:
- A letter to a blogger/writer, responding to one of their posts/articles.
- A humorous or satirical letter to a celebrity or public figure.
- A piece of constructive criticism (or praise) to a politician, international or local.
- A letter to a thing — a fear, a bad habit, an object, etc.
- A note to yourself at a specific age/year in the past or future.
- A letter to someone who cannot respond (a loved one who has passed, a fictional character).
- A love letter to a place.
For further reading, read “The Art of the Open Letter.”
Dear Beauty Now,
“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where LOVE resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.” – Audrey Hepburn
Kindly hurt us with the truth but never comfort us with a lie.
That we are all beautiful and capable of doing amazing things.
Teach us that SMILE is the perfect make-up.
And delightfully, let us aged gracefully.
P.S. Be your own kind of beautiful