These tips for Getting Started have been distilled from the experience of subscribers to The Letter Exchange. The most important tip is to keep your correspondent in mind while you write.
Lewis Carroll's Eight or Nine Wise Words About Letter Writing is the classic guide. Its five sections cover everything from how to begin a letter to how to track letters sent and received. Carroll's nine rules are both useful and fun to read!
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, in response to increased literacy and a sense that letter writing was declining, there was a flood of books on how to write letters. Here are a few typical ones:
The National Postal Museum in Washington DC has both physical and online exhibitions. The museum houses a comprehensive collection including stamps, postal stationery, vehicles, mailboxes, cards and letters, and postal materials that predate the use of stamps.
The British Postal Museum & Archive also features physical and online exhibitions, such as the Post Office in the Community exhibit in Telford, Shropshire. A new location — The Postal Museum — opened in London in 2016.
The Donald McGill Museum in Ride, on the Isle of Wight, features the saucy seaside postcards of artist Donald McGill.