Your End Game. When you hand in your resignation, it can kick off a bit of chaos__your position will need to be filled, but your duties will also need to be covered until they can replace you. As part of your resignation letter, it's a good idea to convey what your availability is during that transitional period.
On the flip side, if you loved your job, your coworkers, your boss, the cappuccino machine, everything about the place, don't write page upon page waxing rhapsodic about all that you're giving up by leaving. A brief, heartfelt compliment to the company, or a thank you, is fine.