To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter by Simon Garfield

By Simon Garfield

The New York Times bestselling writer of Just My Type and On the Map offers an ode to letter writing and its attainable salvation within the electronic age.

Few issues are as exciting—and most likely life-changing—as studying an outdated letter. And whereas etiquette books nonetheless extol the perform, letter writing looks disappearing amid a flurry of e-mails, texting, and tweeting. the new decline in letter writing marks a cultural shift so immense that during the longer term historians could divide time no longer among BC and advert yet among the eras while humans wrote letters and once they didn't. So New York Times bestselling writer Simon Garfield asks: Can something be performed to restore a convention that has dictated and tracked the development of civilization for greater than years?

In To the Letter, Garfield strains the attention-grabbing historical past of letter writing from the affection letter and the company letter to the chain letter and the letter of advice. He offers a young critique of early letter-writing manuals and analyzes celebrated correspondence from Erasmus to Princess Diana. He additionally considers the function that letters have performed as a literary gadget from Shakespeare to the epistolary novel, the entire rage within the eighteenth century and alive and good at the present time with bestsellers like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. At a time whilst the decline of letter writing seems to be irreversible, Garfield is the correct candidate to encourage bibliophiles to place pen to paper and create “a type of expression, emotion, and tactile satisfaction we may perhaps clasp to our heart.”

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By Simon Garfield

The New York Times bestselling writer of Just My Type and On the Map offers an ode to letter writing and its attainable salvation within the electronic age.

Few issues are as exciting—and most likely life-changing—as studying an outdated letter. And whereas etiquette books nonetheless extol the perform, letter writing looks disappearing amid a flurry of e-mails, texting, and tweeting. the new decline in letter writing marks a cultural shift so immense that during the longer term historians could divide time no longer among BC and advert yet among the eras while humans wrote letters and once they didn't. So New York Times bestselling writer Simon Garfield asks: Can something be performed to restore a convention that has dictated and tracked the development of civilization for greater than years?

In To the Letter, Garfield strains the attention-grabbing historical past of letter writing from the affection letter and the company letter to the chain letter and the letter of advice. He offers a young critique of early letter-writing manuals and analyzes celebrated correspondence from Erasmus to Princess Diana. He additionally considers the function that letters have performed as a literary gadget from Shakespeare to the epistolary novel, the entire rage within the eighteenth century and alive and good at the present time with bestsellers like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. At a time whilst the decline of letter writing seems to be irreversible, Garfield is the correct candidate to encourage bibliophiles to place pen to paper and create “a type of expression, emotion, and tactile satisfaction we may perhaps clasp to our heart.”

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This, too, is like learning. Again, what I want you to do here is jot down the major points the reader must absorb, process or learn to fulfill the purpose of your book and to meet their expectations. How many points should you jot down? There is nothing wrong with getting detailed, but feel free to use broad strokes here — think major topic points. It could be 15 or 20 major topic points. It may be more; it may be less. You will refine this list as you move forward and get organized, so don’t sweat the number of points.

Ensures all major and minor points are covered. 4. Produces greater clarity and focus. 5. Removes the stress of trying to hold onto all you know about a topic while you are writing about it. 6. Helps you detect errors in logic. 7. Allows you to write quickly in manageable chunks. 8. Ensures you do not lose your train of thought when you have to take breaks from writing. 9. Facilitates the approval process, if one is required. As you can see, we have nine points to cover in the chapter on Benefits of Outlining.

Outline your book. Work on your chapter by chapter outline now and come back to this book once you have completed your outline. I will tell you what to do next. If you want a hint, read the final paragraphs of this chapter. Remember the freefall and directed freefall exercises that we did? Once you outline your book, I am going to have you put those exercises to work. They really pay off over the last 30 days of the 60-day process. But for now, go outline your book. Note: As stated earlier, I presume you are familiar with all the material you want to write about and do not have to conduct any other research to outline your book.

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