What is InCoWrMo?
- I used to love writing letters, but haven’t written any for years.
- I love receiving letters and cards – it makes a nice change from bills! – and I’d like to give other people that experience.
- I was aware that I’d almost lost touch with some people in my life who I’d like to reconnect with.
- It was an opportunity to send a message that I might not put out on social media or in an email.
Writing is hard!
What response did I get?
What have I learned from this challenge?
- You think differently when you hand-write. It's a slower process. You don't have the benefit of a backspace or undo button, so more care needs to be taken if you want to avoid lots of ugly scribbling out.
- This means you put more of yourself into what you're saying. It's a more considered process and I think this results in a more thoughtful message.
- Writing every day takes discipline. I avoided batching letters, because this challenge wasn't about being efficient; for me, it was about taking time every day to think about someone.
- It can be hard to find people's addresses! Lots of the people I wanted to write to are friends principally through cyberspace. I have met all of them in person, but when you have email and social media, why would anyone need to share their address? I did a little searching around on the internet once or twice but, honestly, I didn't like to do that, and often it wasn't any help anyway. So I had to ask a few people for their address, which spoiled the surprise a bit.
- And, of course, I now have a lovely sense of satisfaction now that I've completed my challenge!