May 19, 2022

Do You Write Letters?

Susan Reichert

Have you ever written a letter? Most of us have. Some of us have used pen and paper instead of a computer.

Back in 2016, Jan Morrill wrote a guest post for Suite T. The title of Jan’s post was Writing Letters: A Creative Journey . Jan's started her post by saying, “I’ve found writing letters to, from or between my characters to be an imaginative technique to smash writer’s block.”

I think this is an excellent suggestion for authors. And I wanted to share her post with you again. Click Writing Letters: A Creative Journey and it will take you to her post.

I think this does even more than help with writer’s block and think it allows the character to come through to help the writer know more about them. I love the idea of having a character write a letter. I think you will too.

Her book, Creative Characterization includes details and exercises for you on letter-writing techniques and much more. You will see her advice is just what we writers need.

If you find yourself staring at a blank page, I hope you have Jan Morrill’s book, Creative Characterization handy, not only will it help you with your writer’s block but there are exercises on letter writing, techniques and more.

Jan Morrill was born and for the most part raised in California. Her mother, a Buddhist Japanese American, was an internee at Tule Lake and Topaz during World War II. Her father, a Southern Baptist redhead of Irish descent, retired from the Air Force.

Her debut novel, The Red Kimono (University of Arkansas Press, February 2013) and many of her short stories reflect memories of growing up in a multicultural, multi-religious, multi-political environment.

The Red Kimono was selected Historical Novel Society’s Editor’s Choice and a 2013 Arkansas Gem by the Arkansas State Library. Visit Jan at:

I think you will enjoy using Jan's suggestions and techniques she has so graciously shared with all of us.


Susan Reichert, author of Listen Close, Between Me and You, God’s Prayer Power and Storms in Life. Published numerous magazine articles and stories in 9 anthology books. Speaker at writing conferences, seminars, and libraries.

She is the founder of Southern Author Services, and Editor of Suite T. She is the retired Editor-in-Chief of Southern Writers Magazine. Reichert has a passion for writing about God in devotionals, prayers, and inspirational works.

She and her husband live in Tennessee. They have four grown daughters with families of their own. Susan is a member of the DAR and a member of the First Families of Mississippi

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