In February, I participated in the Month of Letters Challenge. At the time I had just finished reading Jane Austen's Emma and was in love with the idea of handwriting letters as communication. I instantly picked up paper and pen and wrote a letter to my sister. Back in the days before email became the norm, I loved writing letters. I had a German penpal throughout high school, I wrote to friends I had left behind in Ireland and even stayed in contact with some friends I met during my student exchange to Chile. I received and sent seven-page letters on a regular basis. Then email took over, and I stopped writing letters.
It turns out that my sister loves the whole letter-writing idea as much as I do. We have started a much more regular communication now that we write each other. For some reason, we have never been able to keep up regular communication by phone or email, but suddenly we are writing letters and cards to each other. There is something so personal and special about receiving a handwritten letter in the mail.
I like that writing letters allows me to practice my writing in a different format than usual. It is more personal, like a journal, but still published in a way. I find that I go through a different process when I write a letter. I find it to be an inspiring experience in its own way.
Do you ever handwrite letters?