Art of Letter Writing

The art of writing an letter takes practice, knowledge about proper form and the ability to put into words your feelings, thoughts and or ideas. In fact, they need planning and preparation.

Letters can be handwritten for less formal letters that are addressed to friends and family members, especially thank you letters. In case that you have legible handwriting, you may want to consider typing the letter in these cases, although proper etiquette dictates against this type of behavior. Formal letters which are written on behalf of businesses to or professional contacts should remain typewritten and grammatical as well as spelling error free.

As regards outward presentation, it is important to determine the tone which will be written in letter, including a professional tone or a tone that will be taken with friends or family members in more informal setting.

Letters as per their usage are classified into four categories –

  1. Personal Letters
  2. Business Letters
  3. Social Letters
  4. Job Application Letters

  1. Personal letters include – Acceptance letter, Birthday letter, Collection letter, Complaint letter and mail, Condolence letter, Congratulations letter, Credit letter, Donation letter, Excuse and Apology letter, Friendship letter, Goodbye letter, Grievance letter and mail, Introduction letter, Letter of invitation, Letter of request, Promotion letter, Scholarship letter, Sorry letter, Transfer letter, Welcome letter.

  1. Social Letters – Appeal letter, Charity letter, Dispute letter, Farewell letter, FIR letter, Hardship letter, Retirement letter, Thank you letter.

  1. Business Letters – Acknowledgement letter, Agreement letter, Announcement letter, Appreciation, Cancellation letter, Claim letter, Follow-up letter, Marketing letter, Miscellaneous letter, Negotiation letter, Order letter, Persuasive letter, Sales letter, Proposal letter, Solicitation letter.

  1. Job Application Letters – Application letter, Appointment letter, Authorization letter, Certification letter, Confirmation letter, Dismissal letter, Employment letter, Endorsement letter, Internship letter, Interview letter, Job letter, Inquiry letter, Permission letter, Reference letter, Resignation letter, Sponsorship letter, Termination letter, Warning letter.