How to Write a Love Letter

Do you remember the first love letter you ever received? No other keepsakes are nearly as romantic. Read this excerpt from Barrie Dolnick's How to Write a Love Letter on why this is one lost art that should make a comeback. Then spice up your love life by writing your own!

No one can resist a love letter. Not a cool teenager, not a grumpy old geezer -- not the most logical, tough-minded, callous-hearted individual around. There is not one heart on this planet that won't melt under the influence of a love letter. When someone takes the time to tell you how much you mean and takes the time to write it down -- well, let's just agree it's very touching.

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A love letter is an amazing thing: a letter written to you by someone you care about, with words that reveal deliberate thought, passion, and intention. Receiving a love letter and the thrill of reading it can spark one of those moments in your life that lingers forever in your memory, a warm secret.

We wanted to write this book to help more people create those remarkable touchstones and to convey messages that somehow feel more real and more powerful on paper, and even on your E-mail. We know it's hard to do. We know it's hard to get it right. We know that somehow, we all want to be great writers, capable of poignant, powerful words. But we're not all that gifted.

Here's our secret: you don't have to be that talented to write the best love letter you'd ever imagine. All you need is the object of your affection -- a boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, spouse -- or just an eye for the one you want (love letters can be great forms of flirtation).

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