Discover how to write a letter to family or friends
How to Write an Appreciation Letter to a Friend | eHow
The opening notes of "Take the A Train" are some of the most familiar in our musical landscape, even if they're from an era long gone by. It was the signature tune of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and yesterday it was celebrated by the MTA in honor of what would have been composer (and writer of the song) Billy Strayhorn's 100th birthday. Strayhorn composed the song in 1939, when the A Line was just 7 years old.
[Strayhorn] said that the music and lyrics for "," originally recorded on February 15, 1941 by Ellington for Victor Records, came more quickly than the subject of the song itself—the New York subway line to the Sugar Hill District of Harlem. It was so easy for him, he said it was "like writing a letter to a friend."
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First, let me explain why I said, if you can write a letter to a friend, you can earn a darn good living as a writer. You see, the most effective writing is writing that is honest and sincere, like a letter to friend. If you can do that, you can earn a darn good living.
The level of formality you write with should be determined by the expectations of your audience and your purpose. For example, if you are writing a cover letter for a job application or a college academic essay, you would write in a formal style. If you are writing a letter to a friend, writing something personal, or even writing something for a humorous or special interest magazine when informal writing is expected, you would use a more informal style. Formality exists on a scale—in the example below, a letter of application to a known colleague can result in a semi-formal style.Hi Gary,
What a great article! I had never thought to compare writing on the internet to writing a letter to a friend, but it makes perfect sense. You are honest and open with your friends and they trust you, so writing in this manner should surely inspire trust from your audience.
Thank you for this great tip, I think it will help me a lot with my own writing.
Oh, and the answer – Do unto others…
KerrySure, you could do that. Just write a sales letter as if you were writing a letter to a friend and pretend that their junk is a gift from Heaven that will cure their pain, give them a sexy body, get them a hot lover and make them rich by Friday.