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The Art of Writing Letters (And 6,000 words!)

Happy Friday!! Excuse me while I throw a little party.

I haven't posted in a while. My apologies. I've been spending my afternoons completely enveloped in my new story. I'm sure you can relate.

I wanted to write about something I've thought of recently, about the lost art of writing letters. Once upon a golden time, in the days before technology, letters were the thing. And I mean the primary mode of communication.

People (even men!) wrote long letters to one another. They caught up this way. They formed friendships this way. Even romances. It seems, to me, like such a lovely thing to do.

Nowadays there is texting and email and about twelve different IMing programs. People call, people video chat, people Facebook message and commune through all kinds of social worlds. And then there are a few who are still committed to pen and paper, through it all.

While I'm not one of those (I've got to be honest, I hate writing by hand! There is a reason I type over 100WPM) I am definitely an emailer. I enjoy long letters, both writing and receiving. Colors and fun fonts make it all the better.

So what are your thoughts? Are you a big emailer? Do you like letters and the idea of writing them?

And while you're at it, feel free to send me one. LIZZY.SKYE(AT)GMAIL(DOT)COM. You can expect a reply.

Also, hence the (And 6,000 words!) part of the title, I wrote 6,202 words this afternoon. That makes for a total of 15,000 words in the past 3 days. I began the novel on Monday. Every day has been more exciting than the one before.

All I can say is credits to the Beat Sheet. I got me to plot. And with a plot, there is no writer's block, no lack of inspiration/motivation, no exhaustion, no what-the-heck-should-happen-next. I used to relish the endless possibilities of having no clue what happens next. I know so much better now.

The momentary exhilaration was not worth the ultimate consequences. To name a few; disorganization, weak (okay, who am I kidding?) NO plot, train-of-thought writing, etc.

I love writing.

And an I-love-writing fill-out for you, with extra sparkles and cheese:

Best Part of Today: The 6,000 words? Iced tea? Constance coming online?
Currently Craving: Pineapple.
Music Pick: "All Good Things Come To An End" by Nelly Furtado
I'm Reading: "Graceling" by Kristin Gashore (love!) + "Thirteen Days To Midnight" by Patrick Carman
WATM: Blink (20,885 words)

4 epic comments:

I thought the subject of this post (letters) made my day... Until I saw your fill-out. Particularly the "Best part of today" that had my name attached. (Of course, the rest of it was wonderful too. *<3 iced tea*)

Your speed is both awe-inspiring and positively disgusting. *shakes head* *smiles*

I love letters, and I also hate writing longhand. Hand cramps = not so much, ya know?


I remember sending letters. I used to be a pen-pal with a friend *ages* ago, but I wasn't very good at it. I was way to lazy to sit down and write a letter...

Congratulations on writing 6,000 words! That's amazing! No, that's even better than amazing. That's about as much as I've written this week! Well done!


Sometimes during the summer when all my friends are away, I'll send letters to them just for fun. :) It's funny how exciting getting an actual letter is now.


I love letters, and I actually do like writing them. =) Long emails are a good substitute, though. ^_^

6000 WORDS IN ONE DAY?!? WHO MADE YOU INTO A TARYN CLONE, & HOW CAN I MEET THEM??? ^_~* Okay, I'm seriously curious about this beat sheet. I NEED something like this. Where do I find such a sheet?

And iced tea is amazing. I especially like it just slightly sweetened, made out of Tetley brand black tea. Lipton is good, just not the way Grandpa makes it. (Literally, I grew up at my grandparents, and Tetley, slightly sweet iced tea was my favorite part of summer. ^_^)


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