Writing About….Writing A Letter To Your Characters.

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.

Umm, yeah.

So, that’s it.

Sincerely,

 

Your author.

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?

8 thoughts on “Writing About….Writing A Letter To Your Characters.

  1. Oh man. I’ve been here before. I actually wrote a letter addressed to all of them. Though most of the heartache involved Aisling, the others were caught up in the unfolding as well. Rather than apologies, I stressed how much I admired and adored them, and how I affectionately consider each one of them as living, breathing entities with a world so complex and mesmerizing that I can’t help but want to stay lost in if forever. 😍

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    1. When I read that post, I was stumped about what to write. I bypassed commenting on it, but the idea stuck itself into my head. So, I figured I’d use it over in this side of town. Kind of pass the question around and see what answers I’d get.

      Your letter sounds lovely and so wonderfully you (I mean that in the best possible way). 😍

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        1. I’ve said all along that I really should send an apology note to all of my characters for all of the drama I put them through. This seemed like the best time and place to do it. 😆

          And for the record, I’d totally love to read your letter to your character.

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    1. Hahaha! Yes, Ambrose is definitely beyond getting an apology letter. I might have to send him a full apology book. 😆 I have put him through so much stress, poor guy.

      “He still hates me, but he’s an a**hole anyways.” 😆 I’m imagining him reading over your letter, politely nodding his head about your sentiments, tearing the whole letter into shreds and then jamming the shreds into your cup of coffee. 😆

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