Alexandra Stoddard, in her book Gift of a Letter, states:
I always try to have a small bud vase with at least one fresh flower placed in front of me on my writing desk for inspiration...A flower is alive and fragile, and reminds me of both the beauty and the mortality of life...
She goes on to say:
There is a strong aesthetic dimension to letters that goes beyond selected words and unique handwriting. The quality, color and design of the paper used, the width of the pen nib , the color if ink , the color of engraving, the type of stationery, the sealing wax ...the selection of stamps...all tell a very personal story. These are further aesthetic and physical elements we use to communicate our feelings in a letter: the size, shape and weight of the envelope, the color, the tissue lining, the scent, the hand-painted border, the smoothness and color of paper--all add to the pleasure of writing, receiving and enjoying a letter.
So, it seems it would not hurt to have all of your letter writing materials at hand for when the mood strikes! Try to have a variety of stationery, stamps , seals, wax, and all of the wonderful writing paraphernalia in easy reach. This will facilitate letter writing when you want to sit down and correspond!
Have you ever tried writing in a new surrounding? I have a beautiful writing desk that I treated myself to years ago. It is romantic in style and just beckons me to sit down and write a letter. I love my little writing desk! But sometimes I feel the need for a different environment. I would encourage you to find a "secret garden" if you have one. I don't have one...yet, but I do have a sweet outdoor swing where I have sat before and written letters on my lap. I also love to sit on my porch and write letters!
And then there is my most recent inspiring setting...the gorgeous Atlantic ocean! Who CAN'T get inspired by the wonder of the crashing waves, the smell of the salty air, the sounds of the sea gulls...the sand between your toes...? There I am...with my bag of writing utensils...penning a letter with the amazing ocean at my feet.
What inspires you? Leave me a comment and let me know what gets your writing motor going. For the rest of you... go out and find some inspiration.. and .get out of your rut...and write that letter you've been meaning to send.