A newish pal of mine just told me she has yet to get used to penpalling since she is new to it & was wondering how to organise letterwriting.
You know, I’m a longtime-forever 😉 penpal (I started when I was 8 – over 35 years of letterwriting by now! So I want to show how do I keep letters organised. It’s actually quite simple, I believe – I would not want a hobby to feel like a task.
Letters I receive are all collected in 1 place – at the moment, this is my file that I use as a kind of letter diary. I put them inside there. I put them in order of receiving it. On each letter I write the date I have received it. New contacts (not at the moment) mostly come from internet, so if I am to write them, I print or write down their details.
When I have time & mood for letterwriting, I look through them and choose one letter/pal to write to. I try to answer in chronological order also, but sometimes I just feel like writing to a certain penfriend for some reason – a topic I esp. like to talk about to her for example. And I just think that’s normal, its just like you call a certain friend when you feel like it … and some you call more often than others.
The diary is used to record when I have written whom. It goes in chronological order: date/name of pal/country.
In that file, I also put some ideas for letter decorating, topics to write about or other stuff I hear about penpals, letterwriting and so on.
And that’s all!
I write the letter by looking through my friend’s letter – I don’t plan it ahead, I just go with the flow.
How do you go on organising your letter & how do you write?