Tomorrow is February 1st and that signals the return of International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo), otherwise known as a great excuse for us to use our pretty stationery and fountain pens (and ink!) to write to all our nearest and dearest. Not only that, but it is the tenth anniversary of InCoWriMo!
Obviously InCoWriMo takes its inspiration from NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and suggests that participants write and send one letter or postcard a day in the month of February. If 28 letters or cards seems daunting, I’m of the opinion that you should participate at whatever level feels good to you! Catch up on your overdue correspondence, write a long letter to a friend you haven’t seen in a while, send a fun “thinking of you” postcard to a loved one just because.
In the last few years many of us have gone quite virtual, but there really isn’t anything like receiving a handwritten letter in the mail. (Yes I’m one of those weird folks who is cheered by going to the mailbox – it could be yarn! Or letters! Or pens or ink or notebooks!)
If you’re wanting to participate, but haven’t anyone to write to, InCoWriMo can help – you can share your address, and write to others who have shared their addresses! (just a note – your address will be publicly searchable, so if you’re keeping a low profile because of that last fountain pen heist, you may want to skip this step.)
So stock up on stamps, ink up those pens, find all your stationery and airmail paper, buy some fun postcards, and let’s do this thing!