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.