How to head a friendly letter

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How to head a friendly letter
Friendly letters start out differently than business letters. (pen and paper image by Melissa Schalke from

E-mail and social networking sites are taking over sending letters through the mail when people wish to communicate, particularly when communicating on a friendly level. However, if you wish to write a friendly letter and send it through the mail, you should take time to learn the proper format. Business letters are typically sent through the regular mail; however, there are subtle differences between a business letter and a friendly letter.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Paper
  • Writing pen or computer

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  1. 1

    Decide if you want to write your letter using pen and paper or if you want to type it into a computer program and print it out. Have the necessary materials for the method you choose ready before you begin your letter.

  2. 2

    Write or type your address in the upper right-hand side of the friendly letter. This makes it easier for the recipient to send a letter back to you. Your return address will also be on the envelope, but many people throw away envelopes after opening letters.

  3. 3

    Write or type the date you plan to send the letter, including the month, day, and year, below your address. That way, the recipient will know when you wrote the letter, and it helps gives her a time frame for sending a letter back to you.

  4. 4

    Choose a friendly salutation. One line below the date on the left-hand side of the page, you'll write or type the salutation. Common salutations for friendly letters are "hello," "hi," "dear," and "greetings."

  5. 5

    Include the recipient's first name after the salutation. Since this is a friendly letter, you should write or type the first name, rather than the last name, of the recipient. Now that you have prepared the heading of your friendly letter, you're ready to write or type your message.

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