#WIPMondays: Letter Writing with Leah DeCesare

I challenge you to watch Leah DeCesare's TEDx Talk, How a Pen and a Stamp Can Change a Relationship, and not head straight to your desk to write a letter to someone, anyone. I'm a lifelong fan of the hand-written letter (ask my kids about writing thank-you notes), and even I was moved by what Leah had to say about the value of this dying art. Leah is the author of the delightfully nostalgic, award-winning novel Forks, Knives, and Spoons, so you know she has serious writing chops—but she'll tell you that you don't need to have an MFA or know what an Oxford comma is to craft a note that can make someone's day. In our chat, she also answers my burning question: Do TED Talk presenters have to memorize their entire presentations, or are there teleprompters?

Watch the full video below, but, first, here are a couple of highlights from our chat:

Leah's #WIPMondays action step:

Easy peasy! I'm on it!

What we're reading:

Leah is reading We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker. Lucky Leah has an advance review copy of this thriller and is loving it (it releases March 2, 2021). I'm reading Loonshots by Safi Bahcall—a little bit of research for my next book idea, but also pretty darn interesting.

Watch our chat below!

And here's the TEDx talk! As Leah says, "A letter is a gift of your time." Just as gratitude has begun to be a theme in #WIPMondays, so is giving.

Learn more about Leah DeCesare at http://www.leahdecesare.com/ and on Instagram. You can buy her books wherever books are sold.