I like the idea of putting a personal and sincere message in greeting cards, but I'm not particularly good at the task. The preprinted messages in commercial greeting cards have good writing, but in a sense they are "too good" and don't look like real words coming from me. I'm looking for writing tips and examples of congratulatory messages (weddings, birthdays, promotions etc). If you know of any good sources or any particularly good examples, please share. Thanks.
I like the idea of putting a personal and sincere message in greeting cards, but I'm not particularly good at ... messages (weddings, birthdays, promotions etc). If you know of any good sources or any particularly good examples, please share. Thanks.

This is beyond baffling to me. You want personal and sincere messages, so you're looking for input from a group of strangers to aid you in penning personal and sincere messages to people unknown to them.

Tony Cooper
Orlando, FL
I like the idea of putting a personal and sincere ... good sources or any particularly good examples, please share. Thanks.

This is beyond baffling to me. You want personal and sincere messages, so you're looking for input from a group of strangers to aid you in penning personal and sincere messages to people unknown to them.

It's one thing to learn to do a certain kind of writing, it's another to copy from a list of stock phrases and sentences. I'm looking to do the former. Good examples are helpful because they embody and illustrate any advice people may have on this kind of writing.
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This is beyond baffling to me. You want personal and ... penning personal and sincere messages to people unknown to them.

It's one thing to learn to do a certain kind of writing, it's another to copy from a list of ... former. Good examples are helpful because they embody and illustrate any advice people may have on this kind of writing.

What do you think those "preprinted messages in commercial greeting cards" are?

Tony Cooper
Orlando, FL
I like the idea of putting a personal and sincere message in greeting cards, but I'm not particularly good at ... messages (weddings, birthdays, promotions etc). If you know of any good sources or any particularly good examples, please share. Thanks.

You could just use the message from the commercial card followed by a comma and the words 'you fat owl!'. For example, 'Congratulations on your forthcoming marriage, you fat owl!' or 'wishing you a happy birthday, you fat owl!'.
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I like the idea of putting a personal and sincere ... good sources or any particularly good examples, please share. Thanks.

You could just use the message from the commercial card followed by a comma and the words 'you fat owl!'. For example, 'Congratulations on your forthcoming marriage, you fat owl!' or 'wishing you a happy birthday, you fat owl!'.

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I like the idea of putting a personal and sincere message in greeting cards, but I'm not particularly good at ... messages (weddings, birthdays, promotions etc). If you know of any good sources or any particularly good examples, please share. Thanks.

Personally, I mention a specific memory, shared conversation, or common experience when congratulating a friend. Likewise, you might want to include an article of interest that fits the situation. For instance, if a friend is promoted, I would find an article or book that he could use in his new position.
Of course, you also have to really know the person. Authentic communication beats cliches every time.
I like the idea of putting a personal and sincere message in greeting cards,

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