Op-Ed from Crane's CEO: A Love Letter to the Handwritten Word

Michael Kovacs is a writer, musician, composer, author, and artist who has performed in venues from New York City to San Francisco to the island of Malta and beyond. One
of his areas of focus is personal letter writing. He has also given seminars on this art at pen shows all across the country. His book, “Not the Yearbook You Expected” is on Amazon and his catalogue of music is available on iTunes and CDBaby.

  1. Write letters.
  2. Letters are a conversation in slow motion between two people. Treat it as such.
  3. No one HAS to write back, but if they do, it is a gift. Respect it as such.
  4. No one can tell you how to write. Conversely, you are not allowed to tell anyone how they should be writing you.
  5. Write letters.
  6. You must make the choice between what you choose more: content or presentation.
  7. If someone does not write back, then send a postcard asking how they are doing and if they got the letter. If there is no reply, then respect the silence and keep going on with life.
  8. To quote Charles Bukowski, “as the spirit wanes, the form rises.” You are not obliged to follow any strict form in personal letter writing. If you wish to do so fine, but that is a personal choice.
  9. Unless otherwise stated or understood, letters are between the sender and reader. Respect that privacy.
  10. Oh yeah, did I mention WRITE LETTERS!

For more from Michael Kovacs, you can follow him on Twitter.

  1. I need to order monogrammed notecards. Are there other patterns to choose from other than what is shown? Is so, please tell me where to look. Anne Powell

  2. Writing thank you notes for gifts you receive or kindness to me is very important . I have tried to instill in my grand children how special it is to receive a thank you note, not a text or email for a gift received. When someone takes the time , makes the effort to buy and send a gift a short hand written thank you note is so special !! Alenda Kinder

  3. Writing letter is a turning into a lost art. Thanks to email, texting, and of course the telephone and cell phone. I love to write letters to everyone I know. I appreciate the post “Ten Rules for Letter Writing”. Job well done!

  4. Is there a proper way to insert a card into an envelope ??
    Spine of card to the top of envelope OR how it will be read upon opening ?

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