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Rediscover the lost art of Letter Writing - Olden days Letters


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I am definitely sure, each one of you long to receive that heart rending, emotional hand written letter, filled with words chosen especially for you. But this letter writing is becoming a lost art and an endangered skill. Do we remember the last time when we wrote a letter to someone, I do not mean to say one through email or text; but a real handwritten one with pen and paper and mailed in a stamped envelope? I remember writing during my school days to my friends and grandparents. But now sometimes even if I take the effort to do so, I fail to get a response.

There was a time, when writing letters was the only means to be in contact with friends and relatives over long distances. But in recent times we have become so addicted to instant communication, and some people even think that writing a letter is old fashioned. Instant communication definitely lacks that personal feeling of keeping in touch, even if you communicate several times a day. What makes me worried sometimes is that some people are not even satisfied with the speed of these instant communications that they have come to a point where they have started communicating using a list of abbreviations, which I sometimes can not even keep up with. We have failed to realise the outcomes of this type of communication, where the younger generation is in a great danger of loss of letters and above all in a situation where they do not know how to spell an easy word.


In olden days, so much history could be learned about a person through   their letters and diaries that were written with so much thoughtfulness. But the present situation clearly indicates that we might be the first generation in history to leave no records of ourselves. For example, if George Washington or Abraham Lincoln had communicated via emails, would we have got so much of records or history about them that we possess now through their letters and journals? Today with our busy lives we do not have time to sit down to write a letter that we have started to communicate through cell phones and emails. But I do not think that they can replace the thrill that a thick envelope filled with news from a friend or relative can give. Letters definitely need not be specific with some sort of reasons. Anything that rambles in your mind can be put to writing to your dear and loved ones, and it is a great feeling to get a letter through your door and you will love reading it and definitely write back too. They are totally personal and are written with great effort putting in a lot of time. Our great grandchildren might read them some day and realise what sort of personalities we have been apart from what they have witnessed or experienced.


The best part of writing letters is waiting with anxiety, waiting for letters for days or even weeks, whereas now emails can be written in minutes with responses in hours. Also these letters can be read by curling up in any favourite corner of the house creating a mood for yourself, whereas emails are read off the computer screen amidst a lot of interruption most of the times. We pick up a phone rather than a pen, if we need to contact our dear ones. A personal conversation is necessary, and is an essential component of conversation, but sometimes writing a letter is better. It is nice to hear someone call you “Honey”, and say “I Love You”. But if a person takes an effort to write it to you, it becomes even more meaningful and a permanent record, even if the person sometimes may sadly take the word back in the future. You can read it over and over again as many times as you need and cherish it forever, since it was written with lots of effort and concentration.


Here are some reasons why you should write letters:

  • Writing a letter tells the recipient that you took some precious time out of your life to write to them, which gives them a feeling that you have included them into your life essentially.
  • Letters last longer and they can be read again and again and they are more than just words.
  • A letter is a clear record of any incidents and there is no chance that it can be accidentally deleted.
  • A letter is something in which you do not express your instantaneous anger and make the other person feel hurt or rejected, you carefully choose what to write and so it becomes emotionally safer.
  • Acknowledging a letter or other invitations can strengthen the relationship failing which may sometimes offend the other person.
  • A letter can bring a smile and lot of energy to someone’s life.

A letter does not have to be in any specific format, you can ignore grammatical errors, and write whatever you feel like writing to that person. They can be written for any occasion like, birthdays, anniversaries, condolences, for getting well soon, thanking someone, invitations, announcements, congratulations, etc.

Why don’t we take some effort to revive this dying art, by encouraging our young children to write to their grandparents and family members who may not possess a computer? Letters from children can become their treasured possessions. Else our children may end up having never written a letter by hand all through their life. Children can make the letter artful and show their creativity in it. Before we might even come to know or think about it, writing a letter to Santa might be done on word processor, ignoring the entire creativeness with paper, pen and crayons.

So why don’t you turn off our computer and write someone a letter today. You both will be glad that you did it. To be honest, I definitely long for a letter from my dear ones some day. I have sometimes written continuously with no response from the other person at all. Nothing can be better than the sense of anticipation awaiting a letter full of thoughtfulness and personal messages from a far away place or even from another country. You can also rediscover things about your family and friends, and find little secrets shared in loving letters, which will definitely bring the family and friends close with each letter.

Lost art of Letter Writing


livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on January 06, 2016:

Hello Julie K Henderson, thank you for reading and the feedback. I am glad that you enjoyed this. Take care and have a great 2016! :)

Julie K Henderson on July 26, 2015:

This is a thoughtful and wonderful article. Thank you for addressing such an important topic in an accessible and compelling manner.

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on August 20, 2013:

Hi Grace, that is good to know. Thank you for stopping by.

Grace on August 05, 2013:

This will be my topic for my argumentative speech. thanks

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on July 27, 2013:

Hi Tim, thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and feelings. Yes, as you say, even cards will do that magic, with a little handwritten note! I am pleased that you liked this.

Have a good weekend!

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on July 27, 2013:

Hi Rajan, so true, those were some really good times. I too miss them.

Thank you for the votes and share. Have a good weekend!

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on July 26, 2013:

Hello livingsta. Your hub article has riled up anguish and desire both. I am saddened because I love getting a card from a friend in Sweden, yet I have not sent any of late near to six months. Discovering your well written and provocative hub has caused a stir to seek out new avenues for communicating. Maybe not a letter, as any who know me will attest they cannot read the scratches, yet maybe cards will do. Possibly using a script font for poems inserted on parchment type paper will offer the desires you have eloquently presented. Thanks for sharing and inspiring new change.


Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 26, 2013:

I do miss those wonderful times and the waiting for letters was so thrilling. Technology has taken away so many simple pleasures of life from us.

Voted up and shared.

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on April 17, 2013:

Hi LupitaRonquillo, thank you so much for reading and sharing your views and thoughts. What you have said is so true. I used to enjoy reading letters from my grand-mum when I was a child. Yes the wait itself is sweet. I hope people come out of their busy schedule (including me) and take some time to write to their loved ones! Have a great day!

LupitaRonquillo on April 16, 2013:

I couldn't agree more! Lost are the days of the handwritten letter, where more intimate details about a person were discovered, revealed through their handwriting or type of paper used, or how long their letter would have been. Lost also is the patience in waiting for "replies" making the receipt of long awaited letter that much sweeter. Today's societal flaw is a lost "patience" in the age of instant and technology. I say its time to start a writing revolution bringing back the beautiful letter to our friends, family and beloved ones... :D

Laura Brown from Barrie, Ontario, Canada on June 06, 2012:

I do still write letters but not as often as I used to.

Q on July 24, 2011:

Dear Author,

That was my little brother. I am actually doing a report and this was a How-To link under an assignment. I agree with your article completely and enjoyed it. Please delete both comments.

Q on July 24, 2011:

Letter writing is a useless art if you ask me. There is a convenience in e-mails and the phone, and who says there is not a personal touch? I took the time to write this out did I not?

and if every started writing letters to everyone they knew, they would sit at desks for many hours. Nothing would get done.

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on June 30, 2011:

Very true Marwan. Thank you for stopping by and dropping a few words !

Marwan Asmar from Amman, Jordan on March 22, 2011:

Very nice piece. Letter writing is indeed a dying art in this day-and-age. I remember back in the early 1970s, as you say, people would wait with trapidation for their letters, read them with a sense of awe and write them with intensity. These were the days!

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on November 14, 2010:

Hi Karmala !!!

thanks dear for reading and dropping a few lines!

it is really encouraging to hear this :)

karmala on November 13, 2010:

hai dhalia, it's a great article...it encourges me to write to my dear ones.sure its an eye opener...u've great talent!

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on October 10, 2010:

Thank you Duchess, hope you have written that letter by now :) Everyone loves to receive letters !

Duchess OBlunt on October 02, 2010:

This hub reminds me, I have a letter to write that I have been putting off. Thanks. I'll get to that this morning.

Personally - I love to receive letters, haven't actually in about 15 years.

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on November 15, 2009:

Oh..thanks a lot for passing by Putz Ballard. I know , it should be bringing back old memories

Putz Ballard on November 10, 2009:

Great hub, love to read some of the olde letters when I see them, especially those from Civil War soldiers to their wives and girlfriends.

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on November 07, 2009:

Hi Wrenfrost , thank you for reading and commenting. It is so true that we all love receiving letters, but do not have the time to do that

wrenfrost56 from U.K. on November 06, 2009:

Great hub livingsta and so true, letter writing is becoming a lost art. I love receiving letters but I can't remember the last time I got one.

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on November 03, 2009:

Oh..thank you so much Lisa...Your words are very encouraging..I am also waiting to receive a surprise letter from someone someday...thank you for reading and commenting

Lisa J Warner AKA Lisa Luv from Conneticut, USA on November 02, 2009:

You know this is an excellent subject and great article, I would love to receive a real letter --you are right--& every time i think to write one I peter out---lol Thank you Dear--I am amazed at all you do=)

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on October 26, 2009:

Oh Suziecat..most of us are like that..it is our busy schedules that refrain us from writing letters..Thank you for reading a dropping a few words.. :)

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on October 26, 2009:

I think I'm one of the last of the letter-writers. Enjoyed this Hub.

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on October 23, 2009:

Thank you so much for these words Ralwus..great to hear that you have a small collection...it is very true that people find it difficult to even write an email..why think of letters..Hope you are having a great time :)

ralwus on October 23, 2009:

Letter are valuable in so many ways. I have a few old ones I have collected along with my stamp collection. People have no time for it these days. thanks for a great hub. CC

livingsta (author) from United Kingdom on October 22, 2009:

Thanks a lot Lorlie for your precious words...take care..hope you are having a great time

Laurel Rogers from Bishop, Ca on October 21, 2009:

Thanks, Livingsta, for 'writing' this hub. :o)

I don't know your age, but I am in my 50's and was taught to write thank-you notes as well as other letters.

I find myself looking in out-of-the-way boutiques and such for unusual stationary, and people enjoy the unique quality.

Thanks again.

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