Lemony Snicket's Advice on Writing a Nice Thank-You Note thesnicketfite 1. Do not start with the thank you. 2. Start with any other sentence. If you first say, "Thank you for the nice sweater," you can't imagine what to write next. Say, "It was so wonderful to come home from school to find this nice sweater. Thank you for thinking of me on Arbor Day." 3. Then you're done.