Friendly Letters :
TYPES OF PERSONAL LETTERS
Any time you write a letter for a personal reason, you may use a personal letter format. This module includes samples of six types of personal letters.
When you write to a friend to exchange news and CATCH-UP on the latest news, the letter is written in casual language. You write as if you were speaking to the friend. Although the letter may be to someone who knows you well, it is important that you spell correctly, write in complete sentences, and keep your thoughts separate by writing in complete sentences and paragraphs, indenting at the beginning of each paragraph. Grammar, spelling, capitalization and punctuation count as well. You want the reader to understand what you mean to say.
It is up to you what kind of paper you wish to use to write your letter. Obviously, a crudely torn-out sheet of tablet paper, or writing in the margins of a newspaper will not do! Use paper that is clean and neat. Unlined paper is considered most proper. White, cream, and light blue are probably the best color choices.
Neatness counts! It is the way you write your letter on the paper of your choice that matters most. Try to keep your margins straight and even, so the reader can easily follow what you are saying. Use pen, with blue or black ink. Pencil smudges easily, and some coloured ink does not show up well. Try not to cross out words, or smudge the ink. Use your best handwriting. If the reader cannot make out your words, it does not matter what you say! If you are concerned that your lines will be crooked, place a piece of lined paper under your blank page. The lines will show through as you write, but, of course, will magically disappear when you lift the paper you have written on.
You may type longer letters, but only if you type well. It is difficult to correct errors on some typewriters, especially if you find the errors after you have removed the paper from the typewriter. Word processing, or typing on a computer, is certainly acceptable. Be sure to proofread your work for typing errors. If you are using a computer, you can use the spell and/or grammar checker.
Here are some guidelines for writing friendly letters.
1. If you are answering a letter you received from someone, thank the sender for his / her letter or for responding to questions you asked in your last letter. This lets the reader know you received and read his / her letter.
2. If you are responding to a letter, have that letter on hand when you write your reply. Answer the questions and comment on the information given in that letter. This lets the reader know you were interested in what he or she had to say.
3. Write about things which would interest both you and the reader.
4. Make your letter as detailed and descriptive as possible. You want the reader to be interested and to feel as if they have shared your experiences.
5. Ask questions so that your friend will have something to write back about. Avoid filling your letter with questions, however. Your friend is probably interested in what you are doing.
6. ALWAYS USE CORRECT SENTENCES AND PARAGRAPHS.
7. Proofread your letter for errors in expressions, as well as grammar. This will help you reader and prevent misunderstandings.
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