Letter Writing Examples
Based on the search phrases they use, I have been able to determine that many of the people who come to my various writing help websites each year are seeking what they refer to as "letter writing examples".
What I believe this means is that they are looking for a "visual template" that they can use as an example to stimulate them while writing whatever letter they need to write.
I think this use of an example template is a great idea. In fact, I am a firm believer in using a real-life example of whatever you need to write as a way to avoid writer's block, or overcome it if it has already struck. Letter writing examples are a great way to do this.
However, there are a few important points that you need to consider BEFORE selecting an example letter to help you with your letter writing.
Choose a Quality Example Letter
Sadly, there is a lot of garbage posted online. Indeed, if you spend a bit of time looking around at what letter writing examples are available online you will likely find a confusing range of samples to choose from. In many cases, the letters you will find will be poorly written in terms of structure, approach, and grammar.
Make Sure It's the Right One
Even worse than a poorly written example letter, is one that is completely wrong for your situation! Believe me, this happens a lot! Many example letters that you will come across online will not even be the correct type of letter for your specific situation, even though they may be labelled as such. I see examples of this every day. Unfortunately, many of the people who post letter writing info online don't really know what they are talking about.
Here are some examples of what these people are confused about:
What are the main differences between business letters and a personal letters? Do you format them the same? In what situations do you use each one?
What are the differences between reference letters and recommendation letters? When do you choose to use which one?
What really is a "cover letter"? Is it really just about every type of letter out there, as many so-called "experts" seem to claim?
Is a "thank you letter" the same as a "letter of appreciation? When is it appropriate to write a thank you letter?
How does one sign off from the various types of letters? Does it matter? Is it different for different letter types?
Is an "introduction letter" a marketing letter or is it a type of recommendation letter? How do you write a proper introduction letter?
The above are just a few examples of the kind of confusion that you will encounter once you start searching for letter writing examples online.
Letters are very, very important for both your personal and business life.
In life, letters are where the rubber hits the road, or not. Once you have signed your name to a letter you are making a very clear statement about who you are and what you stand for. If you mess up a letter, not only will you come across to the recipient as an unprofessional amateur, but you likely won't get what your letter is seeking.
Believe me, a poorly written letter can do a lot of damage to both your standing and your reputation.
So, it is very important that you are discerning when looking for letter writing examples online. Be careful what you select. You don't want to shoot yourself in the foot because you chose a poor example letter.
To help with this, I have put together some general letter writing resources covering: letter writing tips, formatting letters, letter definitions, letter writing tools, and sample letter templates:
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