Letter writing is a form of communication where something structured is to be written. It enables the writer and the reader to refer to each other’s communication readily and so be able to retrieve information quickly. Letter writing can be personal letters between loved ones and friends or formal letters between business and commercial entities. Both personal and formal letter writing need to adhere to some particular rules.
When writing a letter a long story does not have to be written. The fact that information is exchanged regularly between the writer and reader should make it clear that brevity, structure, formal words, clarity and chronology are the attributes a letter should possess, particularly in a formal letter. In personal letters both formal words and informal words can be made use of.
Since we are all influenced immensely by the progress made in technology, letter writing has undergone tremendous transformation, especially with the advent of email. Yet despite this the traditional format of writing formal and informal letters continues. You will still have to write a letter when you apply for a job and many people still write to their loved ones. You still have to communicate with your business associates. You still have to make a complaint or file a report. The mode of transmission has now changed to electronic via the Internet rather than a piece of paper being transported to the recipient through the mail/courier, but the general idea has remained the same.
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