STEPS TO WRITE INFORMAL LETTER:
Informal letters are those letters which are written by us to our friends, family or any relative. These letters are written to the person with whom we have a close relationship. While writing this letter friendly, informal language is used. And the letters can have a sentimental undertone at times.
Personal communication is the primary purpose of informal letters. As a result, they are not bound by any particular pattern, format, or tradition. They can be written according to the writer’s preferences and the situation’s requirements. As a result, the letter is written in a pleasant, unassuming tone. There are no hard and quick rules in writing informal letters.
1.Address: The first thing you can write is your address, i.e. the writer’s address. We normally write the address at the very top of the left-hand side of the page. The address must be correct and comprehensive. Also when writing to close friends or family, the address must be included so that they can respond quickly.
2.DATE: Just below the sender’s address, a date has to be written. Do not use abbreviations for writing the month. The date is important as the receiver would be able to relate to the contents of the letter in a proper manner.
3.GREETINGS/ SALUTATION: Now that you know who you’re writing to, you can use a more casual greeting. If it’s a friend or someone your age, call them by their first name, such as “Dear Ram.” If you’re writing to a parent, such as your mother/father/aunt/uncle, you should address them as such, such as “Dear Mom.” If you’re writing to a senior citizen or someone you admire, you may address them as Mr. or Mrs. If you were writing a congratulatory letter to your teacher, for example, you might address it as “Dear Mrs. Sita.”
4.BODY: Here you write the purpose for which you are writing the letter. The body can be divided into three parts. The language of the letter should be polite throughout. However, depending on who you’re writing to, you’ll need to change the vocabulary and grammar. You can be very relaxed and even flippant when you’re with a friend. When writing to an elderly relative, though, you must be polite and considerate.
5.CONCLUSION: Sum up the purpose for writing the letter in the concluding paragraph, i.e. summarise the letter. Offer the reader a heartfelt and thoughtful farewell. Also, don’t forget to encourage the reader to respond to your letter by writing back. It demonstrates a need to continue the dialogue.
6.SIGNATURE: There is no fixed approach to signing off casual letters. You do sign off if you wish because they do not follow a strict format. The following are some widely used phrases:
· Yours lovingly
· Best wishes
· Yours grateful
· Warm Regards