InCoWriMo starts tomorrow! Time to bring out all the stationery, stickers, postcards, stamps, and pens!
InCoWriMo is the short name for International Correspondence Writing Month which challenges you to hand-write and mail/deliver one letter, card, note or postcard every day during the month of February.
This is my 4th(!) year participating. I have learned from my past InCoWriMos not to overdo it, so I’m going to be taking it a bit light this year – probably 1 every other day or so. I will be responding to some much needed letters to my penpals and then it will be postcards from there out! I’m not listing my P.O. this year because, honestly, I’m a bit stretched with project deadlines and I feel bad when I don’t respond to new penpals!
Here are some of my tips for InCoWriMo this year
- Planning – Every year I have a Calendar with names and addresses of who I will write. I created 3 you can use for free! (Download PDF Calendars Here)
- Start short and sweet – If this is your first year, don’t overdo yourself! Notecards and postcards are a great way to say hi! Save the in-depth letters/responses for March, or as I like to call it InCoResMo (Incoming Correspondence Responding Month) ;D
- Experiment – have fun with stickers or washi tape or make a rubber stamp, this is great time to get creative!
- Don’t be hard on yourself! – if you miss a day or two during the month, it’s okay! Sometimes I found that there were days where I couldn’t stop writing (3 or 4 letters/postcards on one day) and then had days where I couldn’t bring myself to pick up a pen. This is normal! Everything balances it out.
- It’s not a competition – If you wrote 56 letters or 28 letters or 10 letters or 1 letter in February, it’s all good! The most important thing is that you wrote a letter at all and made someone’s day.
- Have fun! – Writing letters, postcards and note cards not only relaxes, it also gives pleasure to the person on the receiving end :)
Thank you so much for reading!
Some great links for InCoWriMo (will update as I find more):
- Write your Senator: Senators of the 115th Congress (via Senate.gov)
- How to Write a Letter (via InCoWriMo.org)
- Celebrate InCoWriMo 2017! (via Goulet Pens)
- InCoWriMo 2017 (via bohoberry.com)
- InCoWriMo 2017 Preparations (via gorgeous.ink)
- 9 Reasons Not To Abandon The Art Of The Handwritten Letter (via Huffington Post)