The Art of Letter Writing


What can a letter accomplish? Can it change somebody’s day? Change their life?

Not just the recipient.  What does writing letters do for the writer?

I’ve been writing to somebody in prison for about three years.  He and I have become friends and I am also getting to know his dad.  His dad has told me many times how much my letters are appreciated.

I was surprised at how hard it was to sit down and write an interesting letter.  Now that I have shared enough stories about my life with him the writing has become easier.



I wonder if writing letters is like writing a book? At first you have to get the reader acquainted with the story. As the reader learns more and more about the story, the story flows from your thoughts.

I wonder, when he reads my letters and since he knows so much about me now, is he able to escape into my story sometimes?

Reading my friend’s letters and remembering how hard it was for him to share his life in those first few letters is amazing.  It’s amazing because his writing has improved so much and now sometimes when I read his letters I can imagine what his daily life must be like.

My friend is a true artist. I just realized if I stuck all of his letters together it would be one awesome story!



5 thoughts on “The Art of Letter Writing”

  1. Thank-you so much for this. So great! I’m so glad I can include this in the book. What shall I put for your name, age and country?

  2. I think what you’re doing is beautiful and I know he truly appreciates it. My good friend is in the same situation she loves receiving letters/packages, but the letters she loves the most. It is my belief that letters can pour into people what some things take out of them. It’s good to see others taking part in keeping letter writing alive.

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