OFP joins InCoWriMo 2014

Ever since discovering it last year and totally missing it, I’ve been waiting expectantly for the next one – that’s coming up this February! InCoWriMo is a condensed form of “International Correspondance Writing Month”. It’s a great cause to encourage everyone to write more! Write a letter, postcard, or note to someone (make sure the person receives it!) every day for the month of February. I’ve pledged my commitment to participate in InCoWriMo this year:


Adding your personal touch

For those of us who may be busy on our electronic devices every day, sitting down to write may be something that is almost unattainable. That’s a sad truth of most of our lives in this modern world. Tell me all about it – I am a fountain pen user myself, and I actually need to find time to use my fountain pens. The nature of my work is such that I almost do not need to put anything in writing. Messages are sent electronically, reports are typed out with word processors on the laptop, and forms are also filled in via the computer. Hardly anyone receives a handwritten message these days. That’s why putting a personal touch into a letter through writing by hand can bring a little joy to the receipient of your note.

What to use for writing

Well, all writing needs a writing tool and a medium. The writing tool can be a fountain pen. But much as I would love to promote fountain pens, I would say, any pen with any ink can do. Even invisible ink. A ball point pen, a gel pen, a rollerball. Even a brush pen can be used. Then there’s the medium. Paper, cloth, wood, glass, metal, concrete, anything. Just don’t vandalize on stuff that aren’t yours!

What to write, who to write to?

For those of use who think that writing to someone requires a special purpose, think again! You can write to your family to tell them what’s up lately, you can write to a friend you’ve just saw in the morning to say what you feel about them. You can write to your boss instead of emailing for once, maybe? You can write to me just because you want to write – that’s totally up to you! I’m sure everyone who reads this post knows at least 28 people you can write to. If not, you can even write to the same person everyday. Or, check out InCoWriMo’s list of addressees who would love to receive some mail from you.

I’ve already made my own list of people I want to write to, and I have about half a month’s worth of letters to write already! Plan in advance and make your own list today!

Can you guess if your name is on my list? 🙂

7 Responses

  1. femoz 20 January 2014 / 9:57 AM

    nope! nothing beginning with ‘F’, my name’s not in! have recently made a few new penpals via Instagram…this should be fun, and I can use up some of my postcards…!

    • Maybelline 20 January 2014 / 11:29 PM

      I wrote yours starting with an “O”, my dear. 🙂

  2. Bob M 15 January 2014 / 12:32 AM

    Great post, I was not aware of this effort. My electronic address book has a field that I can track when I sent a handwritten letter to that person. I try to rotate them and write 2 a week. I realize that’s not alot but I stay consistent and frankly I don’t have that many friends 🙂

    • Maybelline 17 January 2014 / 8:13 AM

      That’s alright too, the point is to keep on writing! 😉

  3. rgstl 11 January 2014 / 7:50 PM

    What I have found is that a simple plain note card with a sincere thoughtful comment (written with one of my fountain pens naturally) is worth 1,000 terabytes of emails. People appreciate the warm personal contact. A card is more of a hug. It shows you care enough to take a bit of time for them. It make you feel better too.

I would love to hear your thoughts!