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How to Say It: Tips for Writing the Perfect Valentine
Want to express your love to your Valentine, but find yourself tongue-tied? Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or just starting something new with a special someone, here are some tips on how to share your romantic feelings, just in time for St. Valentine’s Day.

On Valentine’s Day, hopeful hearts yearn to receive tender messages of love. Perhaps even more delightful is the ability to be the bearer of those sweet conveyances. Still, coming up with just the right words to express the deep sentiments of l’amour can be a tricky task. Fear no more: here are some helpful tips for doling out declarations of desire to your dear heart.

Make It Personal

When you think of the object of your affections, what first comes to mind? Her sunshine smile, his strong frame, the laughter you so regularly share, or something else? Make a short list highlighting the most cherished attributes of your Valentine, and focus your feelings around those. Don’t be afraid to share how deeply touched you are by even that which might be considered the smallest things: the way her face dimples when she giggles, how warm his eyes shine when he smiles at you, how you both “get” that funky comic strip or other small moments that mean a great deal to you.

Now, take all those observations and feelings and string them together. Soon, you’ll be outflowing with a bouquet of bon mots that will wow your Valentine on a very personal level.

When Tongue-Tied, Look to the Masters
Puppy Love
Heart bursting with romance but the Bard within is at a loss for words? Then look to the masters of prose and let their poetic expressions help you share your feelings in a classically enchanting way. Don’t make the mistake of claiming these are your own words; do, however, suggest that these writers captured the essence of your feelings for your Valentine perfectly:

“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”
- Robert Frost

“For it was not into my ear you whispered,
But into my heart;
Twas not my lips you kissed,
But my soul.”
- Judy Garland

“Love is always bestowed as a gift--freely, willingly and without expectation...”
- Leo F. Buscaglia

“If I know what love is, it is because of you.”
- Herman Hesse

“I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.”
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning, a flame; very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.”
- Bruce Lee

“A heart that loves is always young.”
- Greek proverb

Be Genuine

Whatever verbiage you employ to lure your love, do be certain that whatever sentiments you express are genuine. Don’t declare that she’s the sun and the moon if you’ve only had two dates. Keep your words as true as your heart, so there’s no misunderstandings on this traditional day of romance.

And before you pass along your carefully crafted sweet sentiments to your sweetheart, consider sleeping on it, and re-read your Valentine again the next day. Fresh eyes often reveal portions to remove (“You’re a hunk, like a truck”--um, no) or add (what!--you forgot to mention her ruby-red lips?). A clean read of your love message will not only catch necessary edits, but help affirm how your Valentine makes you feel.

Which just might be: loopy--to quote Plato:
“Love is a serious mental disease.”
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