Lynette M. Smith is a professional editor and the owner of AllMyBest.com and GoodWaysToWrite.com
Part 1 starts off with the basics: how to plan, write, package, and present your letter. Then, if desired, let your imagination take your message to the next level. For instance, you might video record yourself reading the letter, add original art, or even a song.
Part 2 covers every special occasion. Here you’ll pick
up outstanding ideas. For example, if your father is having a
birthday, you can reminisce about some of your favorite times
together and express appreciation for the time your dad spent with
you. Every occasion—from graduation to honoring a Veteran to
anniversaries of all types—is covered here. There are even
suggestions for what not to say and what to say for that most
difficult occasion of all: the death of a loved one.
Valentine’s Day is one of the most celebrated
holidays. Smith suggests that giving a personal, handwritten letter
means so much more than giving one of those a mass-produced cards or
even a bouquet of flowers. I have to agree.
Part 3 is about turning an event into something really
special. This is for those times when you want to say thank you to a
teacher, mentor, or coach. Or when you need to express appreciation
to someone in business.
One of the most essential parts of this book is the chapter on mending a torn relationship. Personally, I wish the individual who sent me an offensive letter to “apologize” had read this book first. This chapter alone is worth the price of purchase.
My favorite part of the book is the Appendix. Here
you’ll find lists of words to use in letters to specific types of
individuals as well as inspirational quotes you can use.
If you’re the type of person who stares at a blank
page and can’t think of how to start, Lynette M. Smith has got you
covered. “Great Beginnings to Jumpstart Your Sentences” will get
your letter off to a speedy start.
In summation, How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure is a fantastic resource that belongs on everyone’s bookshelf. I expect to reach for it over and over again.