Thursday, February 15, 2018

6 Useful Tips for Acing Your Next In-Person Job Interview

Job hunting has been stressful, but you did a great job on your resume and phone interview, and you’ve made it all the way to the in-person interview. You’re finally getting face time with the people who matter and you don’t want to blow it! So how do you show up as a strong contender and not a total dud?

Sadly there are some common mistakes that candidates like yourself make during in-person interviews, and these missteps can mean the difference between a job offer and a stone-cold rejection.

Everyone deserves a fighting chance, so we caught up with Grammarly recruiter Angela Ritter to get the inside scoop on how to avoid making a bad impression.

Here’s a tip:  Grammarly runs on powerful algorithms developed by the world’s leading linguists, and it can save you from misspellings, hundreds of types of grammatical and punctuation mistakes, and words that are spelled right but used in the wrong context. Learn More 

Angela’s an experienced recruiter who’s screened, interviewed, and made recommendations on thousands of candidates. She knows firsthand which factors will help you win or lose the job, so read on if you’re ready to hone your interview chops.

Here is Angela’s expert advice on six major gaffes you should avoid at your next in-person interview:

1Not Explaining Your Full Work History

If you jump around jobs, be prepared to talk about it. Employers don’t love to see that in a background. Why should the company invest in you if you’re going to jump ship in a year?

If your work history includes a lot of short stints, make the reasons clear in your resume—even adding a parenthesis that explains there was a layoff or something to that effect is better than nothing.

2Speaking Negatively About Your Previous Company

Be mindful when you talk about your previous companies. Even if you’ve had a negative experience, it’s important to present the positives from it.

Complaining about a previous company, co-worker, or manager makes you look petty, and it may cause the interviewer to question your judgment. Instead, focus on what you learned from challenging experiences and how you’ve grown because of them.

3Ignoring Social Cues

Pay attention to social cues. It’s tough to interview for a job. People get nervous and that’s certainly fair. But candidates often ramble and overlook cues from the person on the other side of the table.

Check in with your interviewer and ask if your answers are making sense. Offer to elaborate as needed.

4Arriving Late to Your Interview

Be punctual and arrive for your interview on time. If a candidate is late for or entirely misses their scheduled job interview, this is a huge cause for concern. If you have to reschedule an interview more than once (which does happen), try to avoid doing so at the last minute. Otherwise, you’ll signal to the employer that you are unreliable and not committed.

5Overselling Your Accomplishments

Humility is your friend in a job search. There’s a fine line between talking positively about your experiences and overselling your abilities. You don’t want to come across as egocentric.

If there are projects you worked on with teammates, make sure to acknowledge their contributions and avoid taking credit for the entire thing. It’s apparent when someone is not humble about their accomplishments.

6Research the Company Before Your Interview

Investigating the company you’re interviewing with is an absolute must. Make sure you have used their product or checked their website and social media accounts so you can speak about the company intelligently and ask relevant questions. You don’t have to rely on the same canned questions most candidates ask at the interview table.

This is a really important point—it can be embarrassing and awkward if a candidate advances in the interview process and still doesn’t have a baseline awareness of the company’s mission. Educate yourself before you ever walk through the door!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

7 Clever Ways to Say, “I Look Forward to Hearing from You”

You sent an important email and you’re eager to get a reply. You end your message with “I look forward to hearing from you.” Did you make an email faux pas?

Is It Okay to Use “Looking Forward to Hearing From You”?

Whether or not to use “I look forward to hearing from you” or “I’m looking forward to hearing from you” depends on the context and purpose of your letter.

Pros

  • It’s friendly and familiar.
  • It lets the recipient know that you’re hoping for a response.

Cons

  • It’s a bit canned. Everyone uses it, so your recipient might ignore it.
  • In certain contexts, it can come across as passive-aggressive code for “Get back to me, or else.”
  • It puts you in the waiting position, unable to move forward until you hear from the other person.

Although plenty of business emails end with this phrase, there are better options. At best, “Looking forward to hearing from you” is invisible—a standard closing phrase that recipients tend to disregard. (When was the last time you read “I look forward to hearing from you” and thought Gee, how nice! I think I’ll respond immediately? Right. You see what we’re saying.) At worst, it’s presumptuous and even a bit snarky.

RELATED: How to End an Email: 9 Best and Worst Email Sign-Offs

7 Alternatives to “I Look Forward to Hearing From You”

1 Use a call-to-action.

Good email communication eliminates guesswork for the recipient. The problem with “I look forward to hearing from you” is that it removes you from the active role and puts you in a subservient one. Now, you’re just waiting passively for a response rather than moving the email thread forward, and your recipient may not even know what you want from them. No bueno.

Instead, prompt your recipient to make a specific move. Here are a few examples:

I plan to hand off this graphic to our design team by Friday. Would you please send me your feedback by Wednesday?

Let’s meet at Emilio’s for lunch. Does 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday work for you?

Would you like me to send you our research when it’s finalized?

Please pass this info along to your teammates. Thanks!

Good email communication eliminates guesswork for the recipient.

2 I’m eager to receive your feedback.

If you don’t have a hard deadline (“Get back to me by Wednesday”), closing your email with a request for feedback is perfectly appropriate. Just keep in mind that this sort of closing is a bit softer than requesting input by a specific date. It works best if you’re hoping for a reply, but you’re not necessarily expecting it.

A more casual request would be something like, “I value your feedback, so let me know what you think!”


READ: The 15 Most Common Email Mistakes of 2017


3 I appreciate your quick response.

It’s okay to use this alternative when you want an answer as soon as possible, but you don’t have a time constraint. It gives the recipient a bit more of a nudge than “I look forward to hearing from you.”

This is another closing that can sound pushy in the wrong context. If your email has a friendly tone overall, then the sign-off will sound friendly. In a more businesslike setting, it could seem more like a stern warning: “I expect a reply.”

4 Always happy to hear from you.

This one says “Hey, my inbox is always open!” It’s breezy and informal, and it works well for recipients you have an ongoing dialog with. This closing doesn’t insist on an answer, so use it only when you’d welcome a response but you don’t need one.

Here’s a tip: Which one is grammatically correct: “I look forward to hearing from you” or “I’m looking forward to hearing from you”?

They’re both correct, but one of them uses more active language. Am looking is weaker sentence construction—looking requires an auxiliary (helper) verb, (am), in order to make sense. I look forward is a better choice.

5 Keep me informed . . .

Sometimes, you need a reply only when the status of a project changes. In these cases, it’s appropriate to end with something like “Keep me informed of any updates.” Go ahead and be as insistent as you need to be. If it’s critical that you receive project updates, say so.

6 I await your immediate response.

You’re not messing around here. You need a reply yesterday. Save this closing for when your recipient has delayed and you need to be firm and no-nonsense. But be aware that this closing conveys a serious, even angry, tone. When you use it, you’re doing the written equivalent of glaring at someone while tapping your foot and saying, “Well? I’m waiting.” Use it sparingly. Unless, of course, you work in the collections department.

7 Write soon!

In less formal emails, “Write soon” is a cheerful sign-off that lets the correspondent know you’d like to hear from them without actually demanding action. Use it for friendly communication, such as writing to a close friend or relative. Just keep it out of your business communication; it’s far too casual.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

What Are the Most Popular Terms of Endearment?

In romantic relationships, we tend to develop a private language. We have our inside jokes, our frequently used phrases, and our nicknames.

A nickname is a fun, playful way to express your feelings for your partner and establish a level of familiarity and comfort in the relationship. These terms of endearment run the gamut from classic to cute to bizarre. Pet names like “sweetheart” and “honey” have been around for hundreds of years (since the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, respectively), while newcomer “bae” is a twenty-first-century invention.

Popular terms also vary greatly from culture to culture. In France you might dub your partner a “little cabbage” (petit chou), in the Arabic-speaking world your beauty could be compared to that of a gazelle (ghazal), and in Thailand you might be a “little elephant” (chang noi).

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we analyzed our data to determine the most popular terms of endearment used in the Grammarly native app and mobile keyboard.

Here’s a tip:  Grammarly runs on powerful algorithms developed by the world’s leading linguists, and it can save you from misspellings, hundreds of types of grammatical and punctuation mistakes, and words that are spelled right but used in the wrong context. Learn More 

Studies have shown there is a positive correlation between relationship satisfaction and a couple’s use of terms of endearment. So try using these nicknames to greet your loved one in a special new way, or sprinkle them throughout that epic love letter you’ve been writing.

Appetizing Appellations

Because they’re sweet and delicious

Sugar

Honey

Pumpkin

Muffin

Sweetie Pie

Millennial Monikers

Take your cue from the youths

Bae

Boo

Babygirl

Timeless Titles

Oldies but goodies

Love

Baby

Angel

Lover

Sweetheart

Sunshine

Doll

Long-term Labels

We’re better together

Hun

Hubby

Wifey

What are your favorite terms of endearment? Let us know in the comments section!

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Friday, February 9, 2018

This Is How to Correctly Use Commas in All of Your Writing

Even professional writers struggle with commas. In theory, everyone knows what a comma is—it’s a pause between parts of a sentence. In practice, though, it can be difficult to figure out where commas actually belong. Here’s a quick, user-friendly guide to help you master the comma in your everyday writing.

Here’s a tip:  Grammarly runs on powerful algorithms developed by the world’s leading linguists, and it can save you from misspellings, hundreds of types of grammatical and punctuation mistakes, and words that are spelled right but used in the wrong context. Learn More 

Why We Struggle With Commas

We add commas where they don’t fit, forget them when we need them, and treat them as an all-purpose tool for fixing clumsy sentences. (Pro tip: That rarely works.)

Commas confuse us perhaps because there are so many rules for using them, and also because comma usage varies by style. The Oxford comma is an infamous example. The Associated Press (AP) Stylebook doesn’t ban the Oxford comma, but the guide recommends using it only when necessary for clarity. The Chicago Manual of Style, on the other hand, favors the Oxford comma.

LEARN MORE: Why Is the Oxford Comma a Heated Debate?

Before we dig into commas, it’s important to understand the difference between dependent and independent clauses. Commas often depend on them!

Dependent and Independent Clauses and Why They Matter

An independent clause is a group of words that can stand alone as a sentence. It contains a subject and a verb, and forms a complete thought.

The kitten was cute.

Dependent clauses contain a subject and a verb, too, but they’re not complete thoughts. You can often spot them because they begin with conjunctions or prepositions, like after, as, before, if, since, that, though, unless, until, when, and while.

After I visited the animal shelter.

After you visited the animal shelter, what happened? The dependent clause can’t stand by itself.

Although independent clauses can stand on their own, they don’t have to. You can join one or more independent clauses to form a compound sentence, and independent clauses can be added to dependent clauses to form complex sentences. That’s where understanding commas comes in handy!

Now that we have some background, let’s get into some ways that commas are used (and not used).

Comma Splices (Or How Not to Use Commas)

Let’s take a look at one way you shouldn’t use a comma—the comma splice.

A comma splice happens when you connect two independent clauses with a comma instead of a conjunction or other appropriate punctuation like a semicolon.

The kitten was cute, I wanted to take it home with me.

Aaaw. Kittens are cute. But that punctuation needs more charm . . . and maybe a nail trim.

The kitten was cute is an independent clause. It can stand alone as a sentence. The same thing applies to I wanted to take it home with me. The comma incorrectly splices the two sentences together. Let’s look at correct ways to write this sentence.

As Two Independent Sentences Separated by a Period

The kitten was cute. I wanted to take it home with me.

As Two Independent Clauses Separated by a Conjunction

The kitten was cute, so I wanted to take it home with me.

As Two Independent Clauses Separated by a Semicolon

The kitten was cute; I wanted to take it home with me.

When you use semicolons, there’s one caveat—make sure the connected independent clauses are closely related to one another. In the example above, you could use therefore in place of the semicolon. Those clauses are directly related.

RELATED: How to Use a Semicolon Correctly

Here’s a tip: What punctuation should you use when you have multiple options to choose from? When in doubt, let clarity be your guide. Choose the sentence that’s easy to read and unambiguous.

LEARN MORE: What Is a Comma Splice?

Commas and Conjunctions

Conjunctions are words that link other words, phrases, or clauses together. There are different types of conjunctions, but for now, we’ll keep it simple. (You’re welcome!) When should you use commas with conjunctions?

Comma Before So

Do use a comma before so if it precedes an independent clause.

The pet store was fresh out of kitten toys, so I had to improvise.
Here’s a tip: If you can substitute therefore for so in the sentence, then what follows is an independent clause.
The pet store was fresh out of kitten toys; therefore I had to improvise.

Don’t use a comma before so if it precedes a dependent clause.

I scrunched a piece of paper into a ball so my new kitten could play with it.
Here’s a tip: If you can add that after so in the sentence, then what follows is a dependent clause.
I scrunched a piece of paper into a ball so that my new kitten could play with it.

LEARN MORE: Do You Use a Comma Before So?

Comma Before But

Do use a comma before but if it precedes an independent clause.

The kitten may be small, but it’s feisty!

Don’t use a comma before but if it doesn’t precede an independent clause.

The kitten is small but feisty.

LEARN MORE: Do You Use a Comma Before But?

Comma Before And

Do use a comma before and if it precedes an independent clause.

The shelter had puppies, and I considered adopting one.

Don’t use a comma before and if it doesn’t precede an independent clause.

Maybe I’ll get a puppy and train it to do tricks.

Use your judgment or follow prescribed style guides when using a comma before and in lists of three items or more. The debate about whether to use the Oxford (or serial) comma rages on!

I love puppies, kittens, and ferrets.
I love puppies, kittens and ferrets.

Do use a comma before and for the sake of clarity.

I love my dogs, Kesha and Bruno Mars.

This means you love your dogs, and you named them after a couple of pop stars.

I love my dogs, Kesha, and Bruno Mars.

This means you love your dogs . . . and also a couple of pop stars.

LEARN MORE: When to Use a Comma Before And

Comma Before Or

The principles that apply to and also apply to or. That includes the style choice as to whether to use the Oxford comma in lists of three or more.

LEARN MORE: When to Use a Comma Before Or

Comma Before Because

Because is a slightly different animal. Its job is straightforward—it introduces a “clause of purpose.” A clause beginning with because answers the question “Why?” There’s usually no comma before because.

Don’t use a comma before because as a general rule.

I want a pet because animals make me happy.

Do use a comma before because if the sentence’s meaning would be unclear without it.

I didn’t visit the shelter, because they had ferrets.

The comma makes it clear that the ferrets are the reason I didn’t visit the shelter.

I didn’t visit the shelter because they had ferrets.

Without the comma, the sentence suggests that I visited the shelter for some reason that had nothing to do with ferrets. (It was probably to see the puppies and kittens.)

READ MORE: When to Use a Comma Before Because

When to Always Use Commas

Here are the most common cases where commas are always the rule..

With Interrupters or Parenthetical Elements

Interrupters are thoughts injected in the middle of a sentence to show emotion or add emphasis. A parenthetical element is a phrase that adds extra information to the sentence but could be removed without changing the meaning. Both should always be set off with commas.

The puppy I chose sadly had already been adopted.
The puppy I chose, sadly, had already been adopted.
Rabbits especially the ones with floppy ears are another favorite of mine.
Rabbits, especially the ones with floppy ears, are another favorite of mine.

With a Direct Address

When directly addressing a person by name, add a comma after the name.

Charlie, have you ever considered a pet tortoise?

With a Question Tag

When you make a statement and follow it up with a question for emphasis, use a comma before the question.

Hamsters are full of surprises, aren’t they?

More Comma Rules and Guides

We’ve cleared up some of the most common comma questions, but commas are a deep subject. Here’s further reading to lead you down the path to comma mastery.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

How Marketing Influencer Cynthia Johnson Communicates with Confidence

This winter we launched the Grammarly mobile keyboard, a personal editor designed to improve your mobile communication. The keyboard is designed to work anywhere that you write on mobile—texting, email, Facebook, Twitter, Bumble, Evernote, and beyond!

Typing on a tiny smartphone touchscreen has its share of frustrations, but with the Grammarly mobile keyboard, you can compose your messages quickly and efficiently and feel confident that your messages are polished and professional.

Our keyboard was in the works for a long time, and it’s been wonderful to see the amazing feedback from our users and fans upon its release.

We were especially thrilled to get a shout-out from the fabulous Cynthia Johnson.

An entrepreneur, author, and speaker, Johnson was named by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top personal branding experts to follow in 2017, top 20 Digital Marketers to follow by Inc. Magazine, and one of the top 12 Female Entrepreneurs that Inspire by Darling Magazine.

This powerhouse influencer knows firsthand the importance of strong writing if you want to connect with your audience. We recently caught up with Johnson to get her personal take on great writing, as well as her love for Grammarly as a writing resource.

Read on to learn how writing has contributed to her success, how she was able to build her confidence, and why writing well is important even if you don’t call yourself a writer.

How important has writing been to the success you’ve experienced in your career?

Extremely important. Writing is my voice and the one thing that allows people to get to know me, and it gives a clarity on what my expertise is.

Tell us about your background in writing, how and when did you become a confident writer?

I became a confident writer by writing. The first time I wrote an article for a major publication I was insanely nervous. It was practice, flexibility, and the opportunity to work with great editors that allowed me to become confident.

What do you look for in various forms of writing like emails, text messages, books, content? In other words, what does great writing look like to you?

Great writing takes the reader into consideration. Is your message clear to the person receiving it? Is it too long? Are they busy people? No one enjoys reading a message that was drafted for the masses or someone else. When I receive long-winded, self-serving emails and texts, I simply respond TLDR (too long, didn’t read). In my opinion, the audience is number one.

What’s been your experience with Grammarly?

I love it. It changed my life. Well, it made my editor’s job much easier.

What’s your favorite part of Grammarly’s product?

It is extremely user-friendly, which again, is the most important part. It has also decreased the number of commas in my writing significantly. I had no idea how neurotic I sounded before.

Why did you recommend Grammarly to your massive social media audience?

I recommend it because it is useful and saves time.

Why is the mobile keyboard exciting for you to use?

I tend to text and type very quickly, so the mobile use helps me to complete sentences and finish words without the predictive text changing my word to something completely outside of what I meant to write.

Who would you recommend Grammarly and the keyboard to?

Everyone, especially my mom.

What would be your advice for people who don’t identify as writers but rely on written communication in their everyday lives?

Ninety-nine percent of all problems start with miscommunication. The more we communicate using technology, the more we need to focus on the delivery of our words. You never know how a misspelled word or grammatically incorrect statement can change someone’s opinion of you or hinder your opportunities.

How has writing helped you improve your confidence as a public speaker?

When I know that the audience has read my work I feel more confident that they understand and will appreciate the subject matter.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

5 Writing Goals You Can Set Now and Revisit Throughout the Year

You want to become a better writer this year—but what does that mean to you? How will you measure success?

Writing can be subjective, and it’s tough to know where to start. It can be hard to hold up work you did eleven months ago next to work from yesterday and discern much difference. Still, improvement is possible—particularly if you set goals to revisit throughout the year.

Here’s a tip:  Grammarly runs on powerful algorithms developed by the world’s leading linguists, and it can save you from misspellings, hundreds of types of grammatical and punctuation mistakes, and words that are spelled right but used in the wrong context. Learn More 

With that in mind, Grammarly has a few suggestions…

1Up your weekly word count.

Writing a ton of words doesn’t necessarily make you a better writer—there’s a lot to be said for stating a point succinctly. But you’re unlikely to become a better writer by doing it less. Unless you’re already the kind of Stephen King–like beast who cranks out a couple of thousand words daily, there’s probably room for growth.

I keep an eye on this using the weekly snapshots in Grammarly Insights. After a long week of smashing deadlines, I look forward to an email with my score; seeing how my totals stack up against other Grammarly users feeds my competitive side. This also provides a baseline I can compare against.

2Expand your vocabulary.

Utilizing opaque jargon to impart your theses is folly, but peppering in a few surprising and vibrant words can make your writing more memorable.

It’s often said the best way to grow your vocabulary is by reading a lot; it also helps to get comfortable looking up words. I even do this with terms I know, just to make sure I’m conveying the right meaning and not overlooking stronger synonyms.

Grammarly can keep track of this, too: its weekly writing update lets you see how many unique words you’re using each week, and how that ranks against other Grammarly users.

3Write with one hand behind your back.

In his work with the rap group Clipping, Hamilton star Daveed Diggs famously challenged himself to never write a lyric with the pronoun I.

This pushed him to use more of the second person—issuing commands and calls for response—and include more environmental description. “It actually is really fun, and has actually opened things up for me quite a bit as a writer. There’s such a tendency as a rapper to write these first-person narratives, and that’s pretty limiting. No matter who you are, that’s limiting, because you’ve only lived so much,” he said.

Diggs’ rule precluding I paid off with indelible “Work Work.” Imposing similar constraints on your own writing can lead you in creative directions. For instance, try avoiding any variations of the verb to be: no is, was, etc. It’s a challenge Such challenges force innovation!

4Set a goal, however small, to get your work out.

Because I write for a living, I strive to impress my editors and the audiences they represent. But I also write things solely for me—for my own creative satisfaction.

In pursuit of this endeavor, I’ve found it helps to have an audience, a venue, or a deadline in mind, even if it’s small. I go on an annual camping trip with a few friends, and every year I challenge myself to prepare an original short story to share aloud.

Give yourself a goal like this—even if it’s just to draft something to share around a campfire by fall—and it can convert your abstract longings into concrete action.

5Recognize your mistakes—and learn from them.

Looking back through my old weekly writing updates from Grammarly Insights, I used to confuse prepositions a lot, but I’ve since stopped. I also frequently neglected commas after introductory clauses and in compound sentences—and still do.

One of my goals is to get better about this: not only to accept Grammarly’s tweaks when it spots my mistakes, but also take the opportunity to deepen my understanding of what’s correct. If you like to bend the rules, after all, it helps to know what they are.

There’s no such thing as a perfect writer. But if you want to get better, Grammarly can help.

Download Grammarly. It’s free.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

How to Write the Perfect Love Letter for Valentine’s Day

Flowers, chocolates, and bacon are great, but if you really want to delight your significant other this Valentine’s Day, why not try your hand at writing a love letter?

We checked in with Love Coach and fairy godmother Renée Suzanne on why writing a love letter is so special. According to Renée:

You don’t have to be a literary genius. Just the fact that you’re taking the time to sit down and grab a pen and paper and actually write a love letter—that’s a huge romantic statement of what you think of that other person and how much regard you have for them.

Love letters may be a dying art in the digital age, but there’s a reason they’ve been around for millenia. The level of time, care, and personalization they require makes them incredibly meaningful to both give and receive.

Plus, unlike a text message or a snap, they’re a physical keepsake. Here’s what RenĂ©e added on the topic:

A love letter is a tangible item—you can see a person’s handwriting, the paper they selected. You can hold it in your hand. It’s a physical reminder of that person and their feelings for you.

Are you ready to show your romantic partner how much they mean to you? Here are our no-fail tips for writing a love letter that your partner will cherish for years to come.

How to Get Your Love Letter Started

1Plan It Out

You know the adage—“write first, edit later.” Sitting down to write a love letter can feel intimidating. Instead of trying to write your letter from start to finish in one go, give yourself some time.

Start by brainstorming and writing out what you’ll want to include. Don’t worry about finding the perfect words (yet), just let out all your thoughts and ideas.

2Know Thy Audience!

Writing a love letter is a very personal and intimate thing. The content, tone, and how you deliver your message will depend on its recipient.

Will your significant other most appreciate a sweet note written in a funny greeting card or a five-page declaration of your love penned on beautiful stationary?

A handwritten letter is traditional, but if you truly think your partner really would be happier receiving your message in an email, or through Facebook, or written in icing on a cake, then by all means go for it.

Here’s a tip: If your handwriting is completely indecipherable, type your letter on your computer or tablet. Choose an attractive font and print your letter on nice paper.

What to Include in Your Love Letter

Not sure how to structure your letter? Check out the template below for inspiration. (Because repeating the words “I love you” for five pages is going to feel a little redundant.)

Follow this order, mix things up a bit, or pick two or three items to focus on. Find what feels genuine and flows best for your love letter!

1Your reason for writing the letter

Set the tone by saying why you’re writing the letter. This could be as simple as “Just thinking of you,” to weightier declarations like “I’m so thankful you’re in my life and want to make sure you know just how amazing you are and how much you mean to me.”

2What you love about your partner

Love Coach Renée Suzanne recommends focusing on the unique things you love about your partner.

Everyone likes to know that they’re attractive and beautiful, but what makes this person unique?

Does she have a beautiful voice? Do her eyes sparkle when she laughs? Do you love the way he puts his arms around you and holds you when you’ve had a bad day?

My husband finds the most endearing things to say to me. He notices things about me that I don’t think anyone else does!

3Your favorite memories of your partner

Reminisce about some of your favorite memories together. These could be moments that were significant for you as a couple, like your first date or the day you got engaged.

Or they could be those little everyday things that you cherish but seldom mention, like the sweet way she smiles and yawns at you in the morning as you wake up. Or the silly inside jokes that only the two of you share.

4Your partner’s impact on your life

How has your partner helped you to grow and change and become a better version of yourself? What about them are you thankful for?

Are they your rock, your cheerleader, your support? Do they push you and inspire you?

5A sweet ending

You can end with a simple sign-off like “All my love,” or a lengthier declaration of your love, devotion, and hopes for the future—“Every day I marvel at how lucky I am to have found my soulmate. I can’t wait to grow old with you, my love!”

What’s your favorite way to show your significant other that you love them?

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