The Art of Letter Writing

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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.

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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!

 

Learning to go it alone.

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Monty jumped on Roscoe playfully last night but the scream Roscoe let out stopped Monty in his tracks.  Roscoe and I were on our way to the emergency vet immediately.  I instinctively wanted to call my husband who would calm me down on my drive to the clinic.

It was a habit really.  Kelly may have worked out of town a lot but he was always available when I needed him.   I remembered again that I was going to have to do this alone.  One more thing in the string of things that happen every day.  Big and small things, things you share with your spouse.

Alone.

Cancer stole Kelly from me.  I am mad, I am sad, but mostly I’m alone.

But sometimes I don’t feel so alone, sometimes I feel like somebody is with me and helping me.  Just when I think:  “Oh my gosh I just can’t do this anymore”, something wonderful happens and I can move forward.

 

Post stuck in draft. Thank you fellow bloggers!

This post has been stuck in draft for too long….

My husband told me I needed to write. Write every day.

He wasn’t thinking about me blogging or writing the next great novel.

Just sharing my feelings and helping one person at a time, that’s all I need to do.  If I reach one person I reach myself.

So how do you write every day?

  • Make it like your part-time job?
  • Make a commitment to your writing?
  • Write about those who inspire you?
  • Write about what you know?
  • Write about your journey?

Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes!

Today this post stopped being a draft.

Thank you to each and every blog I have visited.  You each have inspired me in your own way and you are all amazing!