Saturday, July 01, 2006

Book Review: Need to Write a Card?

Title: On a Personal Note (A Guide to Writing Notes with Style)
Author: Angela Ensminger and Keely Chace

I picked this book up at Greetings and Readings a few weeks ago and it has come in handy several times since then. I recommend that anyone who wants to enhance their card and letter writing skills snag a copy of this book at their local Hallmark store.

Just let me start this review by saying that artistically, this book appealed to me because it's a very pretty book. The pages are bright and colorful, the fonts are fun and girly and the layout is clean and fresh. I also liked the use of different colors for each section.

Now for book's content. There are sections for eight different types of cards/letters: thank you, congratulations, important days, love & romance, apology & reconnection, comfort and cheer, sympathy and business. Each section follows a format that covers all you need to know. It starts with the parts that make up the note. Then it moves on to the writing itself. Each section gives you a list of questions that help you to decide what you want to include in the card. There are also words lists to help your writing really standout as well as phrases to get you thinking about what you want to say. Then there are writing samples that you can adapt for yourself, or just use to stimulate your creativity.

The last chapter gives some last minute thoughts and includes a list of common and not-so-common ending words and phrases so your letter ends with the same pizzaz as it had in the body of the letter. There are also comments on envelopes, stationary and more.

Overall the book is entertaining to read and immensely practical. I enjoy the word and phrase lists as it is easy to get into a rut and write the same things the exact same way every time. While they encourage you to use your own personal style, their lists and suggestions ensure that every note will be personable and unique.

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