Reprinted with permission of the estate.
We shy persons need to write a letter now and then, or else we'll dry up and blow away. And I speak as one who loves to reach for the phone, dial the number, and talk. I say, "Big Bopper here - what's shakin', babes? Such a sweet gift - a piece of handmade writing, in an envelope that is not a bill, sitting in our friend's path when she trudges home from a long day spent among wahoos and savages, a day our words will help repair.
They don't need to be immortal, just sincere. She can read them twice and again tomorrow: You're someone I care about, Corrine, and think of often and every time I do you make me smile.
We need to write, otherwise nobody will know who we are. They will have only a vague impression of us as A Nice Person, because, frankly, we don't shine at conversation, we lack the confidence to thrust our faces forward and say, "Hi!
I'm Heather Hooten; let me tell you about my week. So a shy person sits down and writes a letter. To be known by another person - to meet and talk freely on the page - to be close despite distance.
To escape from anonymity and be our own sweet selves and express the music of our souls. Same thing that moves a giant rock star to sing his heart out in front ofpeople moves us to take a ballpoint in hand and write a few lines to our dear Aunt Eleanor.
We want to be known. We want her to know that we have fallen in love, that we quit our job, that we're moving to New York, and we want to say a few things that might not get said in casual conversation: Thank you for what you've meant to me, I'm very happy right now. The first step in writing letters is to get over the guilt of not writing.
You don't "owe" anybody a letter. Letters are a gift. The burning shame you feel when you see unanswered mail makes it harder to pick up a pen and makes for a cheerless letter when you finally do. I feel bad about not writing, but I've been so busy, etc.
Few letters are obligatory, and they are Thanks for the wonderful gift and I am terribly sorry to hear about George's death and Yes, you're welcome to stay with us next month, and not many more than that. Write those promptly if you want to keep your friends. Don't worry about the others, except love letters, of course.
Some of the best letters are tossed off in a burst of inspiration, so keep your writing stuff in one place where you can sit down for a few minutes and Dear Roy, I am in the middle of a book entitled We Are Still Married but thought I'd drop you a line.
Hi to your sweetie, too dash off a note to a pal. Envelopes, stamps, address book, everything in a drawer so you can write fast when the pen is hot. A blank white eight-by-eleven sheet can look as big as Montana if the pen's not so hot - try a smaller page and write boldly.
Or use a note card with a piece of fine art on the front; if your letter ain't good, at least they get the Matisse. Get a pen that makes a sensuous line, get a comfortable typewriter, a friendly word processor - whichever feels easy to the hand. Sit for a few minutes with the blank sheet in front of you, and meditate on the person you will write to, let your friend come to mind until you can almost see her or him in the room with you.
Remember the last time you saw each other and how your friend looked and what you said and what perhaps was unsaid between you, and when your friend becomes real to you, start to write. Write the salutation - Dear You - and take a deep breath and plunge in. A simple declarative sentence will do, followed by another and another and another.
Tell us what you're doing and tell it like you were talking to us. Don't think about grammar, don't think about lit'ry style, don't try to write dramatically, just give us your news. Where did you go, who did you see, what did they say, what do you think? If you don't know where to begin, start with the present moment: I'm sitting at the kitchen table on a rainy Saturday morning.
Everyone is gone and the house is quiet. Let your simple description of the present moment lead to something else, let the letter drift gently along. The toughest letter to crank out is one that is meant to impress, as we all know from writing job applications; if it's hard work to slip off a letter to a friend, maybe you're trying too hard to be terrific.How To Write A Letter by Garrison Keillor Summary: Garrison is talking about that we should write letters to our friends and family or really anyone that we want.
how to write a letter Garrison Keillor (b. ), is the father of public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" and sole proprietor of the mythical Lake Wobegon, "where. Feb 14, · Rhetorical Devices Utilized by Garrison Keillor in “How to Write a Letter” In “How to Write a Letter,” Garrison Keillor uses rhetorical devices to not only gain credibility, but ultimately convince the reader that they “need” to write letters and that nothing is more crucial to our history.
"How to Write a Letter" comes from We Are Still Married (), a collection dedicated to Keillor's "classmate" Corinne Guntzel (), whom he addresses in the opening paragraphs. Meditating on the person you're writing to "until you can almost see her or him in the room with you" is just one of the steps into which Keillor breaks down the complexities of the writing process.
Critique letters, most commonly written in creative writing and composition classes, are an opportunity to offer feedback to your classmates on what is and isn't working in an essay or story. Garrison Keillor also comments on why it is important to keep the art of letter writing alive.
Keillor organizes much of his essay as process or how-to writing. As you read, make a flow chart like the one below, listing Keillor’s tips for how to write a letter.