Useful tips on writing a public letter that everybody wants to read

What is a public letter

An open letter (or public letter) is a letter that is intended to be read by a wide audience, or a letter intended for an individual, but that is nonetheless widely distributed intentionally. Open letters usually take the form of a letter addressed to an individual but provided to the public through newspapers and other media, such as a letter to the editor or blog. Especially common are critical open letters addressed to political leaders.

Tips on starting a public letter

  • Choose a catchy subject that will get the reader to concentrate there and then
  • Be truthful, do not be emotional and open also be assertive without being aggressive
  • Check your fact, lest you be embarrassed and need to retract and apologies most mis-information , this might get you in trouble there might as well be detrimental effects including legal suits
  • Be straight to the paint, the subject must alert the reader what message you intend to convey and to whom
  • Always suggest some remedial action or recommendations it is one thing to be critical and not constructive
  • Use simple and understandable language not jargon not legalese and lingo
  • Write as though you are communicating to the recipient face to face
  • Sow consequence of the object of the leer and the value realized if the mistake will be rectified
  • Please reframe form using vulgar words as the letter will not be published to major publications
  • The letter must be timeous and taste the opinion of the writer and have verifiable facts
  • Avoid legacy action like and mostly libelous statements: libel:is the publication of a false statement about someone that damages that person’s reputation..
  • One can right for humour or for constructive criticism or letter to oneself form the past or the future or to correct some misinformation on publications as a response
  • Try to not write anonymously as this might not warrant a response, because the main purpose of the letter is to get the attention of the intended recipient to act or apologize or whichever remedial action maybe relevant

Motivation for writing a public letter

  • As a last resort to ask the public to judge the letter’s recipient or others involved, often but not always, in a critical light
  • To state the author’s position on a particular issue
  • As an attempt to start or end a wider dialogue around an issue
  • As an attempt to focus broad attention on the letter’s recipient, prompting them to some action
  • For humor value
  • Simply to make public a communication that must take place as a letter for reasons of formality