A letter to the editor can be a very powerful tool in effectively engaging your government. With just a few tips you can write a passionate, fact filled, letter that tells a persuasive story. Who knows you just may change the course of history.
Several years ago I wrote a letter to the editor about a particular issue and was able to get the changes that I wanted in my community. That is why I know it works. I must warn you that kind of feeling can be addictive. Feeling like you really made a difference.
It is always good to check with the publication you are writing to however the general rule of thumb is 200-300 words for a letter to the editor. Your message must be concise, well worded and persuasive. It’s not always easy yet it’s possible.
Do your homework
Read some letters to the editor. Find out what stood out to you. Why did you like certain letters over others? Also do research about the issue being addressed. Whether or not the message will be taken seriously has part to do with whether the message makes sense and is not blatantly false or inaccurate.
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Write from the heart
Whatever you are trying to convey make sure the message comes from the heart. A heartfelt message is something that people can connect to. It is something the public will get involved about. There are things that all humans seem to have in common a love for friends and family, a sense of fairness and a desire to see the right thing done. We value love, freedom and security. Speak to these things and allow readers to relate to your story and you will have a much better chance of inspiring a change.
With these simple steps you too can write an effective letter to the editor and inspire change the Civil Citizen way.