Writing letters...

Philippines
July 12, 2008 10:19am CST
When you write letters, do you work on a rough draft first then finalize later? Or, do you just write the letter as is? When I write letters, I do not have any rough draft. I just grab a good sheet of stationery then start writing. But when I do write essays or others, I do work on a rough draft first.
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@leateagee (3667)
• China
12 Jul 08
It depends what type of letter I would be writing. If I will be writing a business letter, definitely I will make a rough draft. My letter should be perfect and convincing. If I would be writing to family and friends, I write directly to the paper I wish to use, which is a stationary. Take care =)
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• Philippines
13 Jul 08
I do not have business letters handwritten but at times, I do work on a draft first before I have it encoded so as not to waste time encoding and deleting and encoding again...
@snowy22315 (48951)
• United States
12 Jul 08
In the age of computers i dont really feel that a rough draft is a necessity. I ususally just type over or delete anything that I dont like. I might regard the page at the end and make corrections to what I have typed but I dont find it necessary to actually write a rough draft. If I was doing a paper for school or something like that I might write a rough draft but I dont know if it is really necessary.
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• Philippines
13 Jul 08
I also do not need a draft when using the computer to encode letters or any working paper for that matter.
@moondancer (7434)
• United States
12 Jul 08
When it comes to personal letters. I just get the paper of my choice and write. I love personal stationary so hand writing is important to me.
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@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
12 Jul 08
HI dolce, When I was younger, I always have a draft before finalizing my letter...My Mom will always ask me too since I will have a lot of erasures..LOL! That was when my Dad was working away from us.. When I was in High School up to now, I can always write it in a final paper..I may change one two times for some reason but I don't prefer anymore to have a draft!
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@gemini_rose (16193)
12 Jul 08
It all depends on what the letter I am writing is for, if it is important I will do a rough copy first just to get my words right. If it is just to my family then I just write it as it comes out.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
Hi dolce_vita! Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. There are those days that I am just very eloquent with all the words I need to say and there are those days that I just need to rewrite it again and again. haha.. Take care and God Bless!
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• Philippines
13 Jul 08
There are times when I am not in the mood for writing and I simply can't be satisfied by what I have written so I rewrite it several times until I get satisfied. LOL!
@sylvia13 (1851)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
13 Jul 08
Oh gee, I just realised that I haven't written a letter in a long, long time! Now I just write emails. Important emails I write out and then finalise later after I have read and correct it.
@melanie652 (2526)
• United States
13 Jul 08
I rarely hand write letters anymore, but when I do, I don't write a rough draft first. I just write it! In this age of computers, I think emails and letters typed up on the computer have replaced alot of old-fashioned handwritten letters.
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
Hi there! Well it depends on what kind of letter I'm writing. If its a formal letter then I make a draft first but for informal letters like letter to a friend I don't make drafts anymore. I just write whatever comes to my mind just like telling a story to friend. Ciao!
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
13 Jul 08
It all depends on who i am writing the letter to. If I am writing to a friend or family member, then I just write the letter. If I am wiritng it to a business person, then I do a rough draft and then proof read it and then rewrite it to to suit my personal satisfaction.
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@anaknitatay (1335)
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
we have the same method in writing. I suaually write letters right away there are times though that i need to re-write letters because it contains a lot of errors.
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@KrauseHome (35277)
• United States
13 Jul 08
Unless it is a Cover Letter or something where I need it to look more professional I never worry about what is in the letter, and most of the time like others including you have said as well, if it is a letter to Friends or family, you do not have to think about what you might include in there, and write it most of the time from your heart as it comes. Same as with in personal Emails as well.
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• United States
13 Jul 08
Sometimes I need a rough draft if I have to be clear and focused on something. Even when I'm typing it out first, I start with a first draft. It's easier so I can be precise and make sure I get all of my points across.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
12 Jul 08
I often go with a draft first before finalizing it on a good sheet of paper but, it has been a long time since I wrote anything of that sort..
• Canada
12 Jul 08
When I write a letter, I just write the letter. I think it's more important to write a letter and have it as it is, so that the person who receives it knows just what was going through my mind at the time. I am interested in my recipiet seeing the person behind the letter, not just a bunch of formalized words o a page.
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• Philippines
30 Nov 08
Same goes for me, like the others who commented on this discussion. It depends on what kind of letter I am writing. Usually if it's intended for a close friend, the words just flow spontaneously. The closer the friend is to me, the easier it is for me to write a letter. For business letters,however, I usually [hand]write a draft first. But I don't write the whole letter but an outline of the things I plan to include in that particular letter.
@rsa101 (13807)
• Quezon City, Philippines
29 Jul 08
Yes when I write letters I go directly and write as almost spontaneously. That is a habit I learned when writing a letter. That is why sometimes there are erasures and some corrections in my letter as I write as I think and most of the time I commit mistakes along the way.
@bagumbayan (2707)
• Philippines
29 Jul 08
With the computers now I just prepare the letters/memo and do some checking/changing later. Before, I prepare the draft, check it and do the the final letter. Personal letter I write it directly, you write what you think of.
@msedge (4012)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I used to have rough draft before i write it in a final paper but as i am getting older,i am getting lazy writing it twice so i just write it once without doing rough draft anymore.
@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
21 Jul 08
If I am handwriting a letter, I might jot down a few points that I want to include. If I'm typing a letter on the computer, I don't bother with that, for obvious reasons. Once in a great while when I'm doing a thank you card that I think is important, I will write it out on a scratch piece of paper first, to make sure it flows and sounds good. I want to make sure I thank the person properly, and sometimes, that takes extra planning.