Because personal letters express your own ideas, you generally have a far wider choice of content with them than you do with business letters. However, an effective personal letter must still be clearly organized and carefully thought out. The following tips should make your task easier.
Ten Tips for Writing Great Personal Letters
When you address the envelope, follow the style you used in the letter. Here are a few more guidelines:
Following are the standard US Post Office abbreviations for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and a few other handy places. Notice that the zip code abbreviations for states aren't followed by periods.
|State||Zip Code Abbreviation|
|District of Columbia||DC|
Never use any abbreviation if there is the slightest chance of a misdelivery or misunderstanding. In that case, write out the full place name.
The following list gives some of the most common abbreviations for geographical terms. Notice that unlike zip codes, these are true abbreviations, since each one ends with a period.
Now, let's turn to a specific type of personal letter: the social note.
Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Well © 2000 by Laurie Rozakis, Ph.D.. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.