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#21 sumgaikid

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 15:01

Let's see.

I am a Nigerian prince. If you will help me transfer 25.3 million dollars out of the country, I will give you ten percent! Of course, I need your bank account info, your PIN number, your SSN, and don't forget your credit card number and security code!



Not a problem! I'm starting up a new financial company,and I could use your help and the help of other Nigerian
and other African princes from your country. I can promise you vast returns on your investment--so much in fact,
that you'll want to tell others about it. Think it over and get back to me.


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Posted 18 January 2010 - 17:17

It's an old literary tradition. When but a young apprentice in Boston in the early 1700s, Benjamin Franklin wrote a series of letters to his brother's newspaper under the fictitious name of "Mrs. Silence Dogood", a middle-age widow (names extolling virtues like Dogood, Begood, Prudence, Patience, etc. were very popular in Puritan New England, so the name was quite believable). "She" became a popular correspondent with the paper until his brother found out the truth.

I am sure there are other, older examples as well.

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 20:04

I do it in a way- The book I am writing-- a western-- is not 100% fiction, but its events are based on/embelishments of events in my life transposed back to another time period-- Sometimes I write letters from my character to another character in the book, the letter wrote in context/in character. Its a great way to develop the writing, since instead of writing the book directly, my mind set is in telling events to someone- as with any letter. I have yet to do it, but I'd like to mail a couple of them, to myself, and then be able to answer them as the other character, for character development.


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Posted 20 January 2010 - 14:47

Let's see.

I am a Nigerian prince. If you will help me transfer 25.3 million dollars out of the country, I will give you ten percent! Of course, I need your bank account info, your PIN number, your SSN, and don't forget your credit card number and security code!



Not a problem! I'm starting up a new financial company,and I could use your help and the help of other Nigerian
and other African princes from your country. I can promise you vast returns on your investment--so much in fact,
that you'll want to tell others about it. Think it over and get back to me.


Charles Ponzi


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#25 vans4444

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 14:53

I vaguely remember that the Bronte sisters and brother invented the fantasy land of Angria and then wrote stories to each other about it

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 04:52

Hey guys...I've been MIA from the site for a bit so I didn't realized I'd received responses.

I always love Anne from Anne of Green Gables! I remember one of the books she wrote a lot of letters and complained about a scratchy nib and how she couldn't write love letters with one- hehe


Hmmm, your comment makes me want to read through all the Anne books to find that line. Have you seen the movies? I absolutely LOVE the first one.

Your Anne of Green Gables comment reminded me of it; in Freedom and Necessity one of the letters includes an apology for being an illegible mess, on account of having to be written using the free public pen, paper, and ink provided at a railway station, rather than the higher-quality materials to which the author - and recipient - were accustomed...


Thanks for the rec - I will def look into reading it. My snail mail letters are an illegible mess because I have not practiced cursive in over 15 years!

There is more info in this thread.


Thanks for the info re the LEX. Unfortunately, there's a fee involved from what I understand, and I think I'm happy with fellow FPN snail mailers for the time being. But I appreciate the help all the same.
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Posted 21 February 2011 - 19:47

I hope we get a chance to read your book. I love this idea.

I do it in a way- The book I am writing-- a western-- is not 100% fiction, but its events are based on/embelishments of events in my life transposed back to another time period-- Sometimes I write letters from my character to another character in the book, the letter wrote in context/in character. Its a great way to develop the writing, since instead of writing the book directly, my mind set is in telling events to someone- as with any letter. I have yet to do it, but I'd like to mail a couple of them, to myself, and then be able to answer them as the other character, for character development.


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Posted 23 February 2011 - 18:23

I love this idea, but I am not a fan of the horror genre, so I stole the De Profundis topic and made it non-horror based.

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 19:38

I always love Anne from Anne of Green Gables! I remember one of the books she wrote a lot of letters and complained about a scratchy nib and how she couldn't write love letters with one- hehe


Hmmm, your comment makes me want to read through all the Anne books to find that line. Have you seen the movies? I absolutely LOVE the first one.


It is in Anne of Windy Poplars (book 4 of the series) in the first letter written to Gilbert in Chapter 1 of the book. This is one of my favourite books of the series!

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 04:34

Has anyone else here written fictional letters? Its something a few friends and I did when we were 'getting too old' for imaginary games. We used to write letters, but not from us.

When I was in my teens, learning to type on an old Facit typewriter, I had a lot of fun typing up ficticious letters for my own amusement. It was much more fun than the assignment letters, usually about such dreary subjects as companies ordering goods, following up outstanding account payments, or invitations to high-class tea-parties!
I once made up a series of ridiculous fictional employee discipline letters. These were designed to allow the reader to "read between the lines" and see the stupidity of an over-zealous boss issuing 1st, 2nd, and final warnings to an employee over a trivial issue that was clearly just a big misunderstanding. (Later in life I learned that such things are not very humourous and are in fact closer to the truth in many cases!)
I also wrote a variety of letters with funny names, addresses and subjects. I've probably got them stored away somewhere in my "archive".
My employer probably wouldn't appreciate me injecting too much humour into my letters that justify a yes or no decision to customers. But I still try to slip in the occasional big word and see if I can get it past my boss without him noticing. ;)
So I save my humour for personal letters now. :)
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Posted 11 March 2011 - 02:04

My eyes are going wiggy or this is an oldie brought back to us :) I love writing fiction letters I do it all the time, a friend and I who started doing it in Junior High still do it.
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Posted 13 March 2011 - 07:25

I always love Anne from Anne of Green Gables! I remember one of the books she wrote a lot of letters and complained about a scratchy nib and how she couldn't write love letters with one- hehe


Hmmm, your comment makes me want to read through all the Anne books to find that line. Have you seen the movies? I absolutely LOVE the first one.


It is in Anne of Windy Poplars (book 4 of the series) in the first letter written to Gilbert in Chapter 1 of the book. This is one of my favourite books of the series!


I remember watching the movies and the Avonlea show with my Mom when I was little. I just rented Anne of Green Gables a few weeks ago and now I want to watch them all again!

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 12:57

At junior school (aged 7-11) we were all sat down on Mondays to write "news" essays; either world news or personal news, according to the teacher's fancy. World news was what it was, but I always had a problem with the personal, because I didn't want people to know what I did, and I certainly didn't want them telling my parents :ph34r: ; the upshot was that my personal news essays were full of misdirections and obvious exaggerations. They always saw me going to the theatre, riding great distances on my bike and camping out in the Peaks, bumping into Denis Law at the United game... :rolleyes: I kept schtum about the 'kitchen chemistry' experiments with my friend Pat, the places I did go on my own, the dens I built, and the diaries and pathetic 'treasures' I kept hidden in them.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 04:49

One of my journals that I write in regularly is simply fiction.
I love the flowing of life that comes as I write.
The idea of doing something like this stirs up those creative juices.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmm

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 02:36

When I went away to college, an old friend and I did this. We wrote enough for a whole novel while we were undergrads. I still have some of the letters in a box somewhere.

There's a hilarious book, The Dogsbody Papers, that's a satirical history of England shown through the private letters, diaries and documents of the fictional Dogsbody family. I actually think that it's better than 1066 and All That.






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