In February, we saw InCoWriMo, which stands for International Correspondence Writing Month (run by the organisers of NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month). But that’s just the beginning. The start of April marked the start of the Write_On challenge. This challenge encourages you to write 30 letters in 30 days but since we’re already started, you could aim to write 12 – one of each of the remaining days. At the very least, aim to write one!
I particularly like that National Stationery Week, here in the UK, also falls in this month. Two major campaigns to get people writing more. I found out about the challenge last year, where I shared over 30 letters you could write, in case you didn’t know who to send them to. This year, I thought I would take a moment to share over 30 reasons why you should write in the first place.
Reasons to write –
- To wish someone a happy birthday.
- To congratulate someone on a recent achievement.
- To wish someone good luck with something stressful (like moving house, exams or new job).
- To write to a loved one who’s recently moved to a new area (i.e. to study or for a job). This way, they can carry a piece of their home with them.
- To invite someone to an event – or RSVP to events by writing a reply.
- To thank someone – like an old teacher, colleague or anyone else who has helped you.
- To send someone a gift along with the letter, like a gift card or some sweets.
- To share a recipe you like.
- To rekindle with a friend you’ve lost touch with.
- To write a letter to someone serving in the military.
- To write to someone in hospital or someone who’s feeling unwell, like you could “post a smile on a sick child’s face” (see Post Pals).
- To share photos with loved ones.
- To use up your stationery (or have an excuse to buy some more!).
- To apologise for something – like forgetting about someone’s birthday.
- To keep the jobs in the postal service – and help keep it running.
- To give praise for a company’s customer service.
- To see how long it takes to get a reply back from another country.
- To “be” with someone who you can’t physically be with – a long distance relative or friend, for example.
- To give someone a letter or card they can cherish.
- To share memories with a loved one and help them remember the good times you’ve had together.
- To create a written “time capsule” for the future.
- To see if you can send a letter to someone in every city/state in your country, or every country or continent in the world.
- To be creative or artistic. You could include a sketch you did – or decorate the envelope.
- To tell someone you miss them.
- To send a postcard on your travels.
10 things writing can do for you personally:
- It helps you to remember things.
- It gives you something to do that can make others happy too – a random act of kindness, for example.
- It can be quite calming, giving you some time to yourself in our busy schedules.
- It can help you understand your own feelings sometimes.
- Sometimes, you write about things you forgot about, like a funny incident. It helps you relieve some of those memories.
- It gives you clarity on what’s important in life.
- It’s bit like journaling and often can share it’s therapeutic values.
- It can help you to feel good, knowing you’ll be making someone smile.
- It can let you capture something important for the future. Texts or emails are often deleted or lost… People usually keep their letters though.
- It is sometimes easier to say something you want to say in a letter, than in person.
This is just the start of the list! There’s plenty of different reasons to write – so what are you waiting for? You don’t need that many reasons, just one is enough. Just writing all of these reasons has made me want to write a letter to someone. So I’m going to end this post now and head off to start writing a letter or two.
Note: I have no affiliation with Write_On, InCoWriMo, Post Pals or any other company mentioned. I simply just love the work they all do. If you do write a letter or send a card, let me know! I would love to hear what you decided to do – feel free to comment or drop me an email.
If you’re not sure who you could write these letters to, check out my post from last year that contains a list of ideas!