I’ve discussed places to find pen pals before. If you follow my second Instagram account: the_northern_star_blog you have seen posts about incoming and outgoing mail. One of the most frequent questions asked is “What do I write to someone?” In this post, I’m going to tell you what to include in your first letter to your pen pal.
Whenever you write an introductory letter to someone you want them to know who you are and what you are about in one page. This way they can determine if you are someone they want to write to.
The best place to start out is by letting them know your name and how you found them. Something along the lines of “Hi Jennifer, My name is Lisa Smith and I saw your name on #penpalswanted on Instagram. I was wondering if you would like to write to each other?”
Once you have your greeting out of the way, you can start by telling a little bit about your family and home. What I usually put is my age, what I do for a living, my education, who is in my family, and our pets.
In the second paragraph of telling my future pen pals about myself, I usually write about my home. I write about the physical home itself and the town I am currently in. I give a brief description of the town and what is in it. I also say if it is my hometown or where I grew up.
Once you write about who you are, you can write about what you enjoy. In this section I put hobbies and interests. Examples include liking reading, going to museums and more. You can write about a sport you play, your church, any clubs you belong to and more.
As you can see I put a brief mention of religion in the paragraph above. As a general rule, you want to stay away from religion, politics and the like. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot write about them. I generally say stay away from the ideology of those topics and write about them in general terms. For instance you can say “Sunday we always go to church. I am Roman Catholic. I love to stay after service to participate in several groups. In those groups we do…” Once you get to know someone really well, then you can broach controversial subject matter. Stay away from it in the beginning.
Finally, close the letter by saying that you hope to be writing again soon. Then, and this is most important, write your first and last name and your whole address. Don’t assume they will get it off your envelope. Also, write in it in block capitol letters. It will be easier to read.
With that ending, you have now completed your first letter to your pen pal. I hope you enjoy your future friendship via mail.