Love Letter Writing 101
So you want to get involved with MoreLoveLetters.com? Well, we aren’t making you fill out an application and we don’t have an agility challenge for you to endure, we simply want you here if you have a good heart and a desire to bring more love letters to the world.
We’ve tied up some tips, tricks and frequently asked questions for you down below to get you started on writing & leaving love letters. Please note, there is no right or wrong way to write a love letter.
What do I need to start writing love letters?
Well we’ve checked “a desire to do good” off the list so all that you’ll need now is some fine, fine stationery. We grant you full permission to head to Target and fill your cart with all sorts of good card stock. As we like to say, doll up your letter as you would for a first date. It is going to meet a stranger today and, of course, you want it to look stunning.
Starting & Ending your Love Letter
Some might call this the trickiest part… how, oh how, do you start writing a love letter to a stranger?
To a friend,
To whoever finds this letter,
I often begin and end my letters with a heart instead of Dear ________. Sometimes it feels more natural to write the letter first and then go back and address it.
As for the ending, it is completely up to you whether you want to sign your name. Some of our letter writers leave their first name, others sign it as “Love, a friend” and still some like to be left anonymous. All that we ask is that you please (please, please, please) omit your own contact information.
What do I write?
Well, what kind of message would you script to a close friend? No need to treat this love letter of yours any differently just because you don’t know who will find it. Write what is on your heart. Script a note of encouragement. Fill your letter with affirmations. Blessings from your own day. Thoughts that are weighing heavy on you lately.
I always encourage people to write the exact message they’d like to read in a letter that day. Maybe it is a pick-me-up or a kind reminder that I am enough in this world, to keep hanging in there.
I wrote my letter, now what?
I’ll give you the step by step of what should happen next….
Step One) Write MoreLoveLetters.com somewhere on your letter or envelope. Make sure it is legible so that others can visit the site when they find the letter, read the mission and even reach out to us about the letter.
Step Two) Find a place to leave your love letter. This is no time to be boring, people. Get creative.
Pick a spot where you know someone will have ABSOLUTELY NO CHOICE but to pick up an absurdly bright pink envelope or rose-colored piece of cardstock. The love letters get left daily in fitting rooms, bathroom sinks, coat pockets, in favorite books in the library, tables of coffee shops. Have you found a new and interesting place to leave a love letter? We want to know about it!
Step Three) Snap a few photos and send them our way. More than anything, we want to show off your love letters… Take a few photos of the love letter you are leaving behind and email them to Hannah@MoreLoveLetters.com or tweet us photos to @moreloveletters, along with the location of the letter dropping. Feel free to include your comments on leaving the letter or a typed copy of the letter to be featured on the site.
Love Letter Examples:
“It is a surreal feeling, to compose a letter to an individual that you have no ties to but at the same time you want the whole wide world for them. I wished them a bright day. A day full of laughter. I told them they were unique & special & really quite smashing. (I might not have used the word ‘smashing’ but I probably will in the next letter).Really, we are not told enough, in a genuine noncommercial manner, how brilliant we are. How intriguing and wonderful we are. How much we should be commended for waking up today and deciding to take on the task of being human. It is not an easy task. It is not always fun. But it is wildly worth it. Better that we write all these things down.” October 10, 2010