I ran across this post on the NaNoWriMo forums today:
Letters to your characters. As their author, you certainly have thoughts towards them that you wish you could say directly to them. It doesn’t have to be the main character. It can be a minor character, a red shirt, a villain, a character you killed off/maimed/whatever, etc.
And it got me thinking.
If I could write a letter to my characters, who would I write to? What would I say to them, to any of them? I’ve thrown monkey wrenches into all of their lives. I’ve put them all through some form of hurt and misery.
I guess I would have to write an apology note, but who to write it to? Who needs it the most? I could send it to Ambrose since he is my lead character and I have given him plenty of emotional bumps and bruises. And we’re not even going to talk about his damaged psyche.
But what about Jay? Poor guy has gone through so much stress lately. He needs to get away and go on a relaxing trip. Maybe to Florida or the Bahamas. I’ll be sure to send him travel tickets with his letter. Of course, Mark Caten would try to find a way to keep him from leaving, just because Mark is a genuinely horrible person.
Isellta and Robin both deserve an apology note as well. I wonder if I should give them a joint apology or individual ones. Hmm. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind sharing it.
Is there any reason for me to apologize to Mark Caten? Well, I guess I did kill off his only child. I also gave him that kind of toxic personality that makes everyone want to kill him. That would be a good reason to apologize.
Let me see…Who else? Umm. *scratches back of head* Oh! Right! Hildreth. There are many reasons why I should apologize to him. Some have already been written. Others are waiting to be typed up. There is one good reason why I should send him an apology, but I can’t say anything about it yet, because spoilers.
Elsie…yeah. She gets an apology note too. And maybe a big box of low-cal, low-sugar chocolates. Hildreth wouldn’t approve, but I’ll let him deal with buying her better chocolate. Wait. Did that make me sound mean and stingy? Oh, well.
I guess I should apologize to all of them, because they all have deserved it at one point or another. So, here goes….
Dear (Fill in your name here), I am deeply sorry for having wronged you.
So, that’s it.
That should do it.
To my readers: If you could write a letter to a character, whether it’s your own or one from a book you’ve read, who would you address it to and what would you say?