Caroline James talks about the importance of handwriting.

I was given a fountain pen recently. A gorgeous gold-nibbed pen that glides across the page and makes me think seriously about writing novels in long-hand and from the moment I placed the beautifully balanced pen in my hand, I wanted to use it.

I have forgotten the joy of receiving a hand-written letter or card. In this world of email and electronic devices we don’t seem to ‘write’ anymore. Hand-writing tells us so much about a person’s character and to receive a personal note or letter, in the sender’s own hand, implies that care has been taken when writing.

A hand-written note is like a home-made cake, compiled with love and the importance is significant. A hand-written note will never go out of style and is a keep-sake. I still have letters from my father. He wrote to me when I was a young girl who’d left home for the first time and I remember the joy of seeing his letter plop on the door mat. The envelope thick, the writing confident. It was like an unexpected hug and his presence in letter-form reminded me of his love. It was a great comfort when I felt far from my family.

Online services and apps now offer ‘hand-written’ writing services. There must be a market for such businesses to succeed but I would much prefer a note that has been written by the sender.

Why not send a hand-written letter or note occasionally? There are many benefits:

  • Create a lasting memory
  • Allow your creativity to ignite
  • It is tangible and personal
  • Letters are a legacy and remain to be read for future generations
  • Send a love letter, show how much you care

I am ever grateful for the gift of my lovely fountain pen and the very first thing that I will write is a thank you card.

Thank you for hosting me on your lovely blog today xx

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Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry – a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK and spends her time writing, climbing mountains and running a consultancy business. Caroline has a great fondness for the Caribbean and escapes to the islands whenever she can. She is a public speaker, reviewer and food writer and loves cooking and baking, especially cake. Her next novel, The Best Boomerville Hotel, is coming soon…

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