How to Write a Love Letter

(Netcape) From choosing just the right stationery to ending with a memorable valediction, writing the perfect love letter may seem like a lost art, but it is one that is sure to win your beloved's heart. Here are step-by-step instructions from writer Larry Barkdull:

1. Presentation
Choose a neutral stationery in cream or white. The letter must be handwritten in black or brown ink only.

2. Ambience
Create your own muse by setting the scene. Write your letter in a quiet, secluded place. Play soft, romantic music. Light a candle! Simulate a romantic time and place so your mood will reflect that.

3. Keepsake
This is a letter that will be treasured, remembered and saved, so be sure to date it precisely with the day, month and year.

4. Greeting
The salutation sets the tone for the rest of the missive. Use your love's first name preceded by endearing words, such as: "My dearest Elizabeth..." or "My darling Christopher..."

5. Beginning
Open your love letter by telling your beloved why you are writing. Barkdull offers this example: "I have lain awake many sleepless nights trying to compose words that might adequately describe the feelings of my heart. But every time I have made the attempt, I have failed miserably. Please forgive my poor effort and accept a trite and simple phrase: I love you. I think I can say it no better than that..." Do not insult your beloved's feelings or belittle yourself by saying something so trite as "I know you probably don't feel the same way" or "You must think I am crazy."

6. Body
Tell your beloved why you fell in love. List the reasons one by one. Emphasize that you can't imagine your life without him or her and how wonderful and complete your life is with your beloved in it. Recall special moments you have shared. Do not be too light-hearted and whatever you do, do not be openly erotic. Most important, sound sincere and confident. Here are some words to consider using in your letter: angel, angelic, lover, giving, alluring, tempting, sensual, sensuality, seeing, tasting, touching, holding, caressing, memories, memorable, darling, gorgeous, absence, velvet, voyage, beautiful, vision, elation, blossoms, happy, kisses, innocent, passion, dreaming, delirious, temptation, complete, desire, content, embrace, rainbow, rose, adoring, stars, privileged, heart.

7. Closing
Choose a carefully worded phrase that is upbeat and sincere to sum up how you feel. Barkdull offers this suggestion: "There, I have said it. I can rest now. And as I dream, I will dream of you."

8. Valediction
It's far too simple to end with "Love, Matthew." Try one of these instead:

  • Dream of me, my love
  • With undying love
  • Forever yours

9. Neatness counts
if your beloved cannot read your handwriting, then all is for naught. So do write neatly and legibly.

10. The envelope
When you are finished writing, fold the love letter and place it in a neatly addressed envelope that matches the stationery. The correct way to fold the stationery is in half with the text on the inside. The paper crease should go in the bottom of the envelope. Choose a stamp with a romantic look.