Day 3 of the 2018 #sendcardsspreadlove Challenge

Welcome to Day 3 of the #sendcardsspreadlove challenge for National Letter Writing Month.  As a reminder, make sure you sign up to receive all the goodies to participate (you won’t want to miss out on any of the posts, *bonus content* and FREEBIES for newsletter subscribers ONLY)

If you’re just joining us, you can get all the important details in the Day 1 blog post + a list of 30 reasons to write for when you’re stuck on who to send a card.

Day 3 of the 2018 #sendcardsspreadlove Challenge

Day 3 of the 2018 #sendcardsspreadlove Challenge

Week 1 Challenge: Thinking of You

The challenge this week is to send a card to someone you’ve been thinking of (you’ll make their day, I promise!) and the prize is your choice of either the exclusive 2018 Challenge Collection or The Who We Are Collection (each comes with a 48 page downloadable pdf The Together Journal!) To be eligible for the prize, share your card and/or note, tag me on Instagram @prettybypost or in the FaceBook group along with week 1 challenge & the #sendcardsspreadlove hashtag by April 9th at midnight EST.

“I’ve always felt there is something sacred in a piece of paper that travels the earth from hand to hand, head to head, heart to heart.”  Robert Michael Pyle

Besides not knowing who to send a card to or why (now you have a BIG list of reasons to write to so we can check that off as D-O-N-E.), the next biggest obstacle I hear the most is not knowing what to write.

So, I’ve compiled a list of resources for you on what to say when writer’s block hits (and don’t feel bad, it’s happens to the best of writers!).

Resources on What to Write

Resources On What To Write

LETTER WRITING TIPS:

How to Craft the Perfect Thank You Note.

3 Quick & Easy Tips for Writing Notes.

Thinking outside the box & using open-ended cards.

What Do I Say? Writing a Card to Someone with Illness or Grief.

How to Craft the Perfect Just Because Card.

How to write a sexy note.

How to write a love letter (written for men but very useful tips for anyone)

Craft the perfect apology letter for when you mess up.

7 writing projects that you can realistically complete in 20 minutes or less.

The notes I’ve written to get in the #snailmail spirit for the 2018 challenge here & here.

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TOOLS OF THE TRADE:

Hand Lettering Tools.

Snail Mail: The Art of Letter Writing.

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DIY:

Happy Snail Mail Card Shower (from a PbP community member)

Watercolor & Handlettered DIY Cards.

3 Easy & Fun DIY Envelopes.

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BOOKS:

Letter-themed:

Mary and Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink.

There Is No Good Card for This: What To Say and Do When Life Is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love.

The Forever Letter: Writing What We Believe For Those We Love.

Write Back Soon!: Adventures in Letter Writing.

101 Ways to Say Thank You.

Dear Mr. You.

If You Find This Letter.

I Will Always Write Back.

Letters of Note Vol 1.

Letters of Note Vol 2.

Letters to My…(fun book series)

The Art of the Handwritten Note.

The Art of the Personal Letter.

To the Letter.

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For the crafters/DIYers:

Creative Correspondence.

Mail Me Art.

Pushing the Envelope.

Snail Mail: Rediscovering the Art & Craft of Handmade Correspondence.

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ADVICE:

This advice from Brett McKay, ArtofManliness.com: “Write the way you would talk. A letter is but talk on paper. Just as you would in real life, adjust the style and formality depending on your intimacy with the recipient. If it’s a business contact, maintain a more formal tone. If it’s your girlfriend or an old buddy, be as informal, intimate, and breezy as you would be if they were with you in person. Your goal is to have your voice reading your letter to them in their head. It’s much easier to create that effect if you write how you actually talk. Just as you don’t overthink when you talk, don’t overthink when you write a letter.”

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FOR INSPIRATION:

6 Open Letters That Changed the World.

The Letter I Wrote to Stephen King, and the Response that Changed My Life.

10 Celebrities who wrote the best betters to their fans.

Mary Louise Parker writes letters to the men (real or hypothetical) who matter in her life.

12 Hand-Written Love Letters from Famous People like Marlon Brando, Jimi Hendrix & an 18 year old Michael Jordan.

15 Famous Love Letters From Celebrities and Historical Figures.

Letters of Note: a compilation of letters, postcards, memos, faxes & telegrams.

How Diane von Furstenberg starts her day. We say switch out the email with a card/note.

Letter writer series where people share their stories in The Guardian.

Jimmy Fallon’s Thank You Notes (yes, this is funny sketch BUT he’s using real, physical notes people!

This legendary football player sends handwritten letters on his own personal stationery to fellow NFL players.

President Obama wrote 10 letters a day.

Oprah’s “treasure box of letters”. She believes that one-of-a-kind stationery sets create the best gifts ever. Read here.

A Birthday Tradition You’ll Want to Steal (from a PbP subscriber)

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So now that you have reasons to write AND resources for any type of writer’s block – let’s get to sending out cards. On Friday, we have our first guest post from Alexandra Franzen.

I’d be so grateful if you found this post helpful to please share it using the buttons below!

PS. If you’re looking for cards, there’s a handful of both the 2018 Challenge Collection or The Who We Are Collection (10% of the proceeds for the Who We Are Collection will be donated) PLUS each collection comes with a 48 page downloadable pdf The Together Journal!

 

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