Writing is an essential skill of immense importance. That thought, in itself, is inspiring to say the least.
Over the centuries of its existence, it has been proven time and time again that it allows us to express ourselves in many different forms and materials. It has been the only avenue of communication that allowed us to transfer our knowledge from one person to another, with as much accuracy as possible regardless of time, age, and interest. If you look back to even just the history of the pen, you will realize how much thought has been put into improving our experience with writing. Innovation is not limited to the mechanical and physical aspects, however, as we see many different schools of thought and practices have been developed to further expand our mastery of the craft.
Any written piece can be used to express a thought to the entire world and, at the same time, can be as private to the point that no one will ever read it. Writing, in its purest form, is an extension of a person’s being described as accurately as possible that anyone who reads can relate to immediately. A lot of names have been known throughout history for their accomplishments in the field — Stephen King, Shakespeare, and J.K. Rowling to name a few.
Despite the differences in genre, era and audience, they all share a common detail: they all wrote a lot. Writing is not a skill that comes easily to most as it takes years upon years of practice and mental exercise. If you wish to reach their level of mastery, you will be writing thousands upon thousands of unread words, stories and letters before you get to that one short story that will captivate a substantial audience.
Writing letters, specifically, are equally fascinating; whether they be a pivotal part in our world’s history like the surrender letters signed at the end of World War II, or something as small yet as personally evoking as the simple note you have passed to your seat-mate when you were younger. One way or another, everyone will be writing a letter that will impact our lives greatly. Most of us will experience this impact when we write our first application letter for the job we have wanted! As you age and grow in both wisdom and experience, you will be writing a wide variety of letters for different purposes and moods.
With all these thoughts in mind, this blog aims to be the avenue for sharing ideas around writing letters specifically. We will be looking into best practices around business-specific letters such as writing an effective application letter, its layouts and styles as well as strong examples of such. We are not limiting ourselves to that, though! We will also be looking at more personal types of letters. Most of which, however, we will be looking into for their artistic and creative aspects. That does not mean that we are here for practical purposes only! Like mentioned earlier, letters have been an integral part of our history — mostly in the development of our societies all around the world. Many examples of such letters are those written by Jane Austen, Ernest Hemingway and Abraham Lincoln. With this in mind, we are also here to appreciate and pay our respects to letters past and appreciate their value and contribution to making us the culture that we are now.
Your desire to improve your skills in writing needs to start somewhere — we hope that Letter Learner becomes a key contributor to building that springboard to your writing success.