Tips for Writing Postcards

Postcard Writing Tips
Poscard Writing Tips

     When you travel for an extended period of time (or if you move overseas), a fun way to include your friends and family in your adventure is by sending postcards.
     Now, some may believe that postcards are a thing of the past – why bother writing out what you can send in an email, text message, or over Facetime?
     I, personally, am not someone who shares this mindset. I think there’s something incredibly personal and special about a hand-written note, and what better way to send one than on the back of a beautiful picture!
     With that being said, here are a handful of helpful tips to help your postcard writing experience be the best it can be!

Postcard Writing Tips

1. Choose Unique Prints 
     Chances are, with social media, camera phones, and the opportunities we have to instantly share our photos, your friends and family have already seen the ‘postcard landmarks’ through your own lens.
     With this being the case, why not consider choosing a more unique postcard than the standard landmark photo? For example, being in Oxford, there are a lot of references to Alice in Wonderland, Narnia and Lord of the Rings, and finding illustrations of characters or scenes from those novels is quite easy.
     Find out what’s popular where you are, and you’re sure to find a fun, unique postcard to send back home. Alternatively, look for postcards that depict paintings, or interesting graphic prints that catch your eye.

2. Write Out Your Message on Paper First
     The area in which one is expected to write a message on postcards is very small, and when writing a postcard there’s nothing worse than running out space before you’ve finished your message. Try writing a draft version to help you condense what you’re trying to say into a handful of sentences (this will also give you a chance to practice writing small!).

3. Write About Something Specific 
     Instead of writing out and trying to squeeze an itinerary of everything you’ve done and everything you’re going to do onto your postcard, try choosing one specific event or experience. Even better, if you’ve seen something or done something that reminds you of the person you’re writing to, write about that!
     Keeping your message personal and specific will prevent your postcard from resembling a Facebook newsfeed, or status update.

4. Make Your Postcard Colourful 
     Do you have access to colourful pens? Use them! Postcards are visual gifts, so why not make yours even more visually appealing by adding some colour to the text! I would suggest deep, rich colours to make sure your message can be read easily.

5. Make the Process an Experience 
     Writing postcards can be time consuming, so why not make the process a fun experience? Find a local coffee shop or pub to spend some time writing with a pint of beer or cup of tea while immersing yourself in the local culture.
     Sitting inside not your style? Find a park or a garden and get a coffee to go, or have a picnic!
     Whatever you do, make it an enjoyable experience, and take advantage of your surroundings.

Postcard Writing Tips
Postcard Writing Tips

     Hand written notes and postcards will never really go out of style, especially if you make them unique and personal. I hope these tips inspire you to write at least one postcard to someone special on your next adventure!

     Happy writing,

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