Let us go back to the time, where we wrote letters to each other, asking about how our friends and family were doing and how things were going by around them. At that time, we didn’t had any smartphones in our lives to flaunt things and cherish our lifestyles. There were no DMs or cluttered up inboxes that we’d go through almost every single day. Rather, those were the days, where the word ‘inboxes’ actually meant something – a box filled with letters and infinite memories.
Nothing much has changed so far, only the physical letter writing format (paper-pen) has been replaced by the digital one. The world today has been engrossed so much towards digital media that even the official communication format takes place on emails, where bosses and employees talk officially through email letters. However, at times, we still find us writing a letter or two to someone very close to us or has not been in contact for long. And this blog highlights everything about the personal letter writing format so that you can also prepare one for all your near and dear ones.
Follow the format of personal letter writing very carefully with great precision and alertness. This will help you write an engaging personal letter that conveys your message to them and stays along with the recipient for a very long time.
The format of a personal letter includes the following elements-
Full name and address of the sender: This is to be placed on the top right corner of the page. This part must contain the full name and address of the sender. This usually gets followed up by the date of the letter being addressed.
Full name and address of the recipient: Although it follows the same structure of the writing as mentioned in the above section, the only thing different here is the name and address of the recipient. Also, this needs to be written on the left side, right beside the date corner.
Salutation: For writing a salutation, there’s this one of the most famous and widely accepted term of endearment called ‘dear.’ Followed up by the first name of the recipient, this part is used to address the recipient with a warm touch.
The subject line: When you are writing a personal business letter, never forget to mention a subject line for it. It’s an optional matter to include a subject line when it comes to writing one to your near and dear ones.
The introductory paragraph: This is the beginning most section of a letter that gets included as the main body part of your content. The only purpose of this section is to grab the attention of the recipient at first glance.
Body paragraphs: There’s no fixed number of paragraphs or length to this section, especially when we talk about a personal letter writing format. This needs to be noted down because there’s no end to the story or situation you are going to narrate in your letter with so many emotions and feelings.
The concluding paragraph: This is the part where you successfully summarize the entire content and its framework in the letter. However, the concluding sentence of every personal letter needs to be written in an influential manner that prompts the reader to reply for it soon.
The signing-off note: This is where you eventually end the context of your letter by writing down a sign-off note; thanking the recipient for his precious time and attention.
First or full name of the sender: Your letter ends with the first or full name of the sender. If you do not find this format a bit satisfying or appropriate for your writing, then you can also surf the web for numerous personal letter layouts with some samples or examples for compiling one.