OK another year is now in full swing… gone are the Christmas decorations along with the tree and by now mouldy turkey and hardened leftover cheese. The question now is what do we do to keep our spirits up through the bleak quarter of January through March as we weather the financial and calorific cost of the past festive season and await the cheery warmth of Spring that still seems so far off?
Well we could do worse than put pen to paper and write, for it’s time again to speak about the upcoming International Correspondence Writing Month or InCoWriMo for short, often seen on such social media platforms as Twitter with the hashtag thus #InCoWriMo. This February, as I sit here on a cold gloomy Thursday evening huddled around my laptop, only a mere nine days hence, will see the start of the 2015 incarnation of this worthy event. The challenge ahead, as every year, is to once more pledge to handwrite and mail a letter every day during the month of February. To whom you write is completely your choice, it can be family members, friends, colleagues, acquaintances, long-lost loves, politicians, or even complete strangers!
Last year was my first time and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. It got a little strained part way through but I managed to soldier on. I eventually got some replies too which was exciting, and only one letter returned to sender out of the whole bunch sent. So I’m pleased to announce that after some thought (and a recent quick trip to a stationery shop) I’m up for it once again! But I’ve decided to share a few tips I learned last year, I hope that you find them helpful.
2. Make sure you have enough supplies…nothing worse than running out unexpectedly. Oh BTW pen and stationery shops need the business, go buy some nice paper and ink… (or even a pen!)
3. Try and mix up to whom you’re sending the letters. Writing twenty-eight introductory letters one after another could be taxing.
4. If your enthusiasm starts to flag mix up those pen and ink combinations. I try to write on each page with a different but related shade of ink
5. Take it slow and use the opportunity to work on your handwriting. Handwriting, like many things, improves the more you do it, so get to some serious letter writing…
6. The useful resource of people who wish to correspond and their addresses can be found at the InCoWriMo website.
7. Don’t worry if after a few days you haven’t received any letters, they’ll be along in good time!
I would encourage anyone to participate and if that recommendation alone is not enough listen to the esteemed Professor Tarquin Dangleberry who also says it is a good idea, and he seems to be a sensible chap, see him here.
If for any reason you would like me to write you a letter then please comment on this post leaving an address. You don’t need to write back although of course it would be lovely if you did… Or just write me and I’ll answer, my details are over at the InCoWriMo website. Happy writing!