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Sunday, January 31, 2010

How to Write Love Letters 101

Hello Class,

Today we are going to learn the art of writing the perfect love letter. We would like to thank our friends at Every Day with Rachael Ray for this wonderful idea!

During these difficult economic times, why waste your hard earned money of frivolous flowers, cliched chocolate, or jaded jewelery that don't encapsulate your true feelings for your mate? Why not pour your heart out in a touching (and often romantically cheesy) love letter. We are talking about a physical, hand-written letter folks NOT an email or text message. Follow these easy steps and win your lover over this Valentines Day!

1) Brainstorm: Create a list of specific attributes you love about your mate, for example the cute way she snorts when the laugh at your jokes or the way he loves his dog. This list should not resemble something that would read like the information on a driver's license (Exp: He's tall or he has blue eyes). Also, jot down memorable moments you two have shared through the years.

2) Write from The Heart: Use the notes you collected to make an outline. Remember this is not a business letter (unless you're writing this for a prostitute). Write as you speak and make it real. Don't try to speak as though you were Shakespeare if it isn't you! Your partner wants to feel what YOU feel, remember what YOU remember, etc. If you talk like truck driver, leave the four letter expletives out!

3) Make it a Keepsake: Transform your love note into a gift. Use handmade papers; write with a fountain pen, etc. Make the envelope special as well! Try sealing it with wax, emboss your initials on the back flap, or even spritz it with your favorite perfume or cologne. If you don't have an envelope, try rolling it like a scroll and securing it with a ribbon. If you can't find handmade paper try to at least steer clear of pages torn from a notebook, legal pads, or grocery list sheets!

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