In the past few years I've taken to writing letters. There is no wrong or right way to write a letter, but I am going to share with you my personal method.

For reference, a selection of my letters can be seen at Randy Writes Letters.

Step 1: Get Inspired.

Before you can write a letter you need to be inspired. After all, if you are going to invest the time to write a letter you may as well find something worth writing a letter about.

Under normal circumstances inspiration should just happen to come over the course of day to day life.

However, should you need to force this inspiration upon yourself rather quickly, I find a good way of going about it is to watch Fox News. In fact, there is no better way to strongly formulate an opinion about a subject matter that up until watching Fox News you quite frankly didn't care about. Fox News is the best opinion generating machine around... in my opinion.

Other quick methods include:
- Going for a walk
- Reading political hippie books.
- Visting whitehouse.gov
- Reading supermarket tabloids
- And many more!

Let me give you a real life example of all of the things that have inspired the formulation of the ideas posited in this letter (Yes, I have already written this letter, but now I am taking the time to explain my process). And before I forget, I was inspired to write about social privilege and power as it relates to politics, celebrity and the general public.

First, I was inspired that morning by a celebrity discussing the nature of celebrity on NPR. My next largest inspiration was a sentence on page 22 of a book I got later that day at a garage sale called "Thoughts of the Young Radicals." Other minor and/or unconscious sources of inspiration include Neil Postman's "The Disappearance of Childhood" and the song "Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror" by Jack and Jeffrey Lewis. And this is not to mention years of constant study, media bombardment and the ever so important personal experience.
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You have been so thorough and informative. Thanks for sharing your time to help members of the instructables community. <br> <br> <br> Please please can anyone help me???????? <br> <br> <br>May I please ask a grammar question for anyone out there who might be willing to help me? <br>I have put all the following sentences into the spell check and grammar check . I have on my computer. None of them are marked as wrong. I don't understand how they could all be right. Please help me. I'm finishing a story I've dedicated to my mom. My mom has bone cancer and I desperately need to finish it and publish it before she passes away. <br>The book is aimed at a grade three level assessed by the Fleish-Kincaid Readability test. (Typical children aged 8 and nine years old, should be able to read it without assistance.) I would like to keep it as simple as possible. <br> <br>1. Then the thunder came; and it was so loud, that it sounded just like Henry&rsquo;s father&rsquo;s car when the muffler fell off! <br> <br>2. Then the thunder came. It was so loud, that it sounded just like Henry&rsquo;s father&rsquo;s car when the muffler fell off! <br> <br>3. Then the thunder came, and it was so loud, that it sounded just like Henry's father's car when the muffler fell off! <br> <br>4. Then the thunder came; it was so loud that it sounded just like Henry's father's car when the mufflar fell off. <br>
I would go with:<br /> <br /> Then the thunder came. It was so loud that it sounded just like Henry&rsquo;s father&rsquo;s car when the muffler fell off!
Wonderful. Thank you very much for your help. :0) Lyn
I first saw this and though, "Wow, the stupidity of this idea." When I read it, I felt like a complete jackass. This is really insightful and informative idea. Tell me, did you ever get a response from Britney Spears?
No. No one ever responds.
They obviously do not appreciate the time and effort it goes into writing such letters for them. Pfft. Ungrateful celebrities.
putting a cat in a box is hell of a problem. I have tried thinking too. Both are really difficult. good luck with the letters.
Hi Randy, You have a wonderful style. The stream-of-consciousness mode is not for everyone, but you make it work. I have not seen too many people with an effective talent like yours; you combine humor with dead-seriousness! Keep it going!, Hank.
Name and town, name and town, name and town...
Shakespeare duh....
nope...American author
So I've browsed through most of the letters on your site and read several in their entirety, and in general the content is rather thought provoking. But what I would really like to know is...Have you received a reply from any of the numerous addressees? I sincerely hope so, for the sake of the greater populace. Some of the addressees are rather important figure heads and it would be nice to know they care enough to at least have a staffer fire off a quick reply to an interested party (you). Cheers, and good luck with the letter writing, more of us should probably take part in the fun.
It was only recently that I concluded that documenting my responses (or lack thereof) might be a good idea. Although, in the past I've only received about three letters from living people. Every other letter I got back was an absurd form letter that made no sense considering the nature of the initial correspondence (there weren't even too many form letters at that).
EWWWWW....A Mac...But over all a good instructable..I bet there are people that think the postal deliv service is just about packages these days.
Thou worm! Thou Mac-hater! Thou shalt be Darned to Heck for all of Eternity for thy speech!
That... Or cursed with the Blue Screen of Death...
Now now.... behave.
I'm sorry...I'll go sit in a corner for five minutes... But fifty points extra to whoever can figure out which author and story my vituperation was taken from! Hint hint..."Thou wretch!–thou vixen!–thou shrew!...thou whippersnapper–thou sink of iniquity!–thou fiery-faced quintessence of all that is abominable!–thou–thou-"
One thing about his use of a Mac... No misspellings! The grammar's pretty good too.
Breaking the text into digestible paragraphs might further enhance this project. That said, the form here is in good keeping with the stream-of-consciousness content. Either way, this was entertaining!
-<a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.instructables.com/id/ETFHMON739EY95SQX1/?ALLSTEPS">shameless self plug.</a>- Why not send her something stupid? <br/><br/>Could you please tell us more about the political hippie books and the supermarket tabloids? <br/>Which should I embrace, and which should I shun?<br/><br/>Have you heard back from Schizney Spears yet?<br/>
Political hippie books are generally books written by new left hippie political organizing freaks (see the picture). I have a bunch more packed away in a box somewhere. Either way, you should embrace everything; hippies and tabloids. Embrace life. Embrace Britney... even if she will most likely never write back.
Do you really think there are more than three words in that letter that Britney can read without help?
go tux

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