Whole novels have been written in the form of letters (for those of you like technical terms, they’re called epistolary novels). Others have featured letters that have been vital to the plot or to understanding character. Sometimes, letters or posting a letter are just mentioned in passing but nevertheless crucial to the story. A letter might be the trigger for your whole novel or the way that your novel ends. In other words, sending letters, whether they be old fashioned paper and envelope letters slotted into a post-box or an email, are bursting with creative potential.
Use this picture of a very English post-box I took when I was living in the small town of Crowthorne, Berkshire, a few years ago and use it to inspire your writing today.
- Who is sending a letter?
- Who is the letter for?
- What does the letter say?
- What could result from this letter being read?
- What could result from this letter going missing or getting into the wrong hands?
Write, 5 minutes, no stopping, no looking back, no editing or criticising – just scribble!
Happy writing! 💫