Informal letter, also referred to as a friendly letter, is a letter written to those with whom you share a personal or close relationship such as family, friends, colleagues, etc. Since they are written to close relations, informal letters have fewer formatting rules and do not have any specific conventions or patterns. They can be written with casual and friendly languages and often contain emotional words.
Informal letters generally contain the following:
The first thing to write is your address. This is written on the top write corner and contains your house number, street name, city and state. The country of residence should be included if the letter is to be sent abroad.
No 24 Odutan Avenue
Ikeja, Lagos State
The date is located on just under the address. The most common way to write the date includes the month, day and year. Sometimes, only the month and day are sufficient. The months can be written in numbers as 12 for December eg 23/12/2018.
Unlike formal letters, informal letters do not contain subjects. Since the receiver is a close friend of family, you can address the person with his or her name, like Dear John. However if you are writing to an elder person, it is respectable to address them as Mr or Mrs. Example, Dear Mrs. Jane.
Next, you can begin the actual letter by asking personal questions such as;
- How are you?
- How have you been?
- How is life treating you?
- How are the kids?
- I hope you are doing well?
The main body should be written in a personal, friendly but polite tone. Write as you interact with the person in real life. However, note that written communication is different from a face to face conversation. Hence, take note of social niceties.
In the conclusion, summarize the purpose of your letter. Say a meaningful and affectionate goodbye and inform the reader of your desire to get a reply. This shows that you value the conversation
Informal letters do not have a conventional way to sign off. Depending on whom you are writing to, you can use any of the following phrases:
- Best Regards,
- Best Wishes,
- Lots of Love,
- Miss You,
After you’ve chosen one that fits the overall tone of your letter, simply sign your name.