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Frankly, both songs made such an impression on two young people who were just discovering the impact of writing
and receiving love letters.

The idea of penning thoughts that might cause each other to "memorize ev'ry line" and "kiss the name that you
sign" was intoxicating to both of us.

We were hardly the first to recognize the value of well-crafted, love-laced phrase that were sent in hopes of
deepening our love.

In fact, throughout history cherished love letters have touched the hearts of lovers.My bounty is as boundless as
the sea,

    My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
    The more I have, for both are infinite.

    I love thee, I love but thee
    With a love that shall not die
    Till the sun grows cold
    And the stars grow old.
                   —William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

What can match the imagery of love-kissed words, passionately written by hand? More importantly, why don't
people write more love letters?

Why not? There are as many reasons for not writing as for writing romantic feelings. In the end, overcoming those
barriers and unleashing heartfelt thoughts seem to always come to the forefront as true love flourishes.


    I never knew before, what such a love as you have made me feel,
    was; I did not believe in it; my Fancy was afraid of it, lest it should
    burn me up.But if you will fully love me, though there may be some
    fire, 'twill not be more than we can bear when moistened and
    bedewed with Pleasures.  
                   John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems
                   of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

A love letter, quite simply, involves writing of romance and feelings of love. It can be anything from a short note of
few words or a lengthy, passionate description of feelings. Whether scrawled in surf sand, delivered by hand, mail,
carrier pigeon, email, tweet, Facebook entry, skywriting, sexting or left in a mysteriously secret hiding place, the
love letter is an enduring, endearing way of sharing a lover's most intimate thoughts.

How Do I Begin?
Ideally, love letters should be original and heartfelt. Beyond that, the sky is truly the limit. Here are a few quick tips:

  • What do you want to say? Love letters can be written in any structure or style. It's what comes from your
    heart that is most important. Take a few moments to sketch out a few thoughts, then move ahead.
  • Get your writing materials together. Use some imagination. What guy doesn't get a thrill with a lipstick-kissed
    note? Perhaps you want to make an elaborate die-cut letter, but there's certainly nothing wrong with a Sticky
    note, as well. Beautiful stationary and an envelopes makes a special impact, especially if you touch a drop
    of perfume or cologne to make a subtle sensory connection. Again, use your imagination, and don't use the
    same writing materials every time.
  • Learn from the best writers. If you want to write a sonnet or other form
    of poem, read William Shakespeare or Ovid. Many great songs
    through the years also have captured memorable themes. Don't
    hesitate to quote lines you like, but give credit. The recipient of you
    notes may recognize the lines from Byron, the Beatles or Bieber that
    you are presenting as your own.
  • Read others' love letters. Structure and suggestions of love letters
    have formed the subject of many published books, including the
    anthology Love Letters of Great Men and Women, Other People's
    Love Letters and many more..
  • Write! Everyone, even the greatest writer in the world, is often
    intimidated by the blank page. Put pen to paper, even if it's not
    perfect. There's nothing wrong with rough draft first. Your lines don't
    have to be polished to be effective.
  • Follow your heart. Your lines don't have to be polished. Sometimes clumsy, non-poetic words touch a lover
    better than perfect iambic pentameter. A sentence or two may be much more compelling than breathtaking
    prose that seems forced and artificial. Ask yourself, does this express what I want to say?
  • Be patient. If the right words don't come immediately, jot a few thoughts, then keep trying. Come back later
    after you've reflected on what you want to write.
  • If necessary, set the mood for writing. Go to a room, if possible, where you can have privacy. If you have the
    time and opportunity, put on romantic music and dim the lights. Do whatever it takes to get your mind
    centered on the person you love and what you want to write.
  • Don't hesitate to be intimate. It's okay to address your lover as "dearest," "my cherished darling," "beautiful
    sweetheart" or a pet name. Just avoid being tawdry or creepy, especially if your relationship is just beginning.
  • It's okay to simply write, "I love you dearly!" However, it's especially effective if you write more. One
    suggestion is to express how your loved one makes you feel, a loving or life-changing moment that you
    remember vividly, the feelings you experienced at a specific time or what you most appreciate about your
    lover.
  • Show appreciation on different levels. Don't just
    focus on superficial appearance or attributes.
  • Don't hesitate to be sensual or even erotic,
    depending upon your relationship and the attitude
    of the note's recipient.
  • Writing about the past may be memorable, but
    don't forget to point to the future at times. Discuss
    goals, dreams and even fantasies that you hope to
    be fulfilled.
  • Be yourself. Writing style, spelling, grammar and
    punctuation shouldn't detract from your heartfelt
    confession of what you feel and why.
  • Sign your letter with appropriate affection.
  • Make an impression by the way your finished love
    letter appears. A nice envelope is always effective.
    Ribbons and seals add an ageless touch. Rolling
    the note up like a scroll is an attention-getter.

Don't just write love notes or send thoughtful cards at the expected times—birthdays, anniversaries, holidays.
Sometimes the most memorable love letters have no particular reason at all, which makes them even more special
and meaningful.

    Some have won a wild delight,
    By daring wilder sorrow;
    Could I gain thy love to-night,
    I'd hazard death to-morrow.

    Passion's strength should nerve my arm,
    Its ardour stir my life,
    Till human force to that dread charm
    Should yield and sink in wild alarm,
    Like trees to tempest-strife.

    If, hot from war, I seek thy love,
    Darest thou turn aside?
    Darest thou, then, my fire reprove,
    By scorn, and maddening pride?
                    Charlotte Brontë
                   Excerpts from "Passion"



Now it's up to you. Take pen in hand. Begin making passionate memories. Your life and lovemaking will
never be the same!

                                              
   We wish you romance,
    Love letters straight from your heart
    Keep us so near while apart.
    I'm not alone in the night
    When I can have all the love you write.

    I memorize ev'ry line,
    I kiss the name that you sign.
    And, darling, then I read again right from the start
    Love letters straight from your heart.
    —“Love Letters”
    Music by Victor Young
    with lyrics by Edward Heyman.
    Used by permission.

We remember the first time we heard "Love Letters." It wasn't the
original 1945 version by Dick Haymes, nor was it other well-known
recordings by Cilla Black (1965), Elvis Presley (1966), Alison
Moyet (1987), Etta James (2001) or all the other great versions by
Nat King Cole, Sinead O'Connor, Elton John or dozens of other
artists.

Our first time came in Belgium in 1957 when we heard Ketty
Lester's remarkable voice singing those unforgettable words. Even
though she had recorded the tune the same year as Haymes, for
some reason neither of us had never heard the song before.

We remember, because not long after we heard her song played
on a local radio station, Pat Boone's version of "Love Letters in the
Sand" hit number 1 in America and many other countries:

    On a day like today
    We passed the time away
    Writing love letters in the sand

    How you laughed when I cried
    Each time I saw the tide
    Take our love letters from the sand

    You made a vow that you would ever be true
    But somehow that vow meant nothing to you

    Now my broken heart aches
    With every wave that breaks
    Over love letters in the sand
    —“Love Letters in the Sand
    Music by J. Fred Coots
    with lyrics by Nick and Charles Kenny.
    Used by permission.
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