When writing a letter to a person you don’t know, what should you include? The purpose of the letter is to get the person to do something for you, so it is very important that you include the right information. You don’t want to write the person a random letter just to see if they will reply, you want them to have specific information about you so that they can do something for you.
Before you start writing the letter, ask yourself the following questions:
1. What does my letter want the person to do?
The answer to this question will dictate what information you should include in your letter. If you want the person to visit you in the hospital, you should include this information in your letter. If you just want them to pay you money, you can write them a check for that. This is where you should start if you don’t know what the person wants, you should certainly include the money in your letter, but not as your only request.
2. Who is the intended recipient of my letter?
This question will dictate who you should write the letter to. If you want the letter to go to a specific person, then you should write it to them. If you don’t know who the recipient is, you can use the Find Friends section of the library to look up the person. Once you have their information, you can contact them directly and ask them if they want to receive a letter from you.
3. What would I say in the letter if I wanted to give the person a specific task?
This question will dictate what you would write in the letter if you want the person to do something for you. You can request that they visit you in the hospital, you can tell them that you are sorry for what happened to them, or you can tell them that you have some exciting news. Whatever it may be, you need to make sure that you give the person a specific task in order to keep the letter organized and concise.
4. Will this letter be in person or via mail?
This question will dictate whether you should send the letter in person or via mail. If you want the person to come visit you in the hospital, you should certainly write the letter and send it via mail. If you want them to send you money, you can write them a check and deposit it in the bank. This way, they will have the information that you sent it, but it won’t be mailed to them physically.
5. Should I include a salutation (Opening greeting) in my letter?
This question will dictate whether you should include a salutation (opening greeting) in your letter. The answer to this question will determine which words you use in the letter. In general, you can say “Hello” or “Hi” or even “Howdy” as a greeting. You don’t have to be formal, but it is polite to do so if you want the person to pay any attention to your letter.
Now that you have the basic information about you, what should you include in your letter? Start with the money, you can request the amount that you are owed. Next, you should tell the person that you are sorry for what happened to them. If you want to explain the situation that you are in, you can do so with this next part of your letter. Finally, you can close the letter with your contact information.
After you have written the letter, you should send it via mail to the person who you wrote it to. If you want to be extra sure that they receive it, you can include a second copy of the letter. In addition, you can consider sending a small gift (such as a flower or a baked good) to the person as a thank you for being willing to help you. Lastly, if you want to be polite and show that you are grateful for their time, you can write them a short note explaining that you are grateful for their help and that you will not forget their kindness.