Letter writing was the best part about English exams in school. Apart from the fact that they carried the most marks for the least amount of effort, they offered me a chance to get creative in an otherwise short and boring exam paper. Where else could I ramble to the municipality about the dangers posed by the mosquito infestation I had made up because the society gutter had begun to over flow. I could write letters to my cousins making them jealous of the fictional snow ball fights I was having in Shimla while they had to make do with the annual weeklong trip to the beach.
There is truth to the fact that a vast majority of letters that I have written have been for official purposes, and most communications with family or friends being relegated to phone calls, chats, or the occasional odd email (which was to plan a time to come on chat). Of course nothing has ever stopped me from actually writing letters or emails to people, but I never came around to doing it.
During one of my searches for a quote, I came across a blog (which sadly no longer exists) and found that that particular post was a letter written as part of a prompt or writing challenge. This is when I came to know of the 30 days 30 letters challenge, where you write a letter a day for 30 days. Each day is associated with a different person. Some days are for specific people like your parents and some for people that you would associate with a feeling or emotion, like a person you miss the most. The list for the 30 days is:
12 – The person you hate most/caused you a lot of pain
13 – Someone you wish could forgive you
14 – Someone you’ve drifted away from
15 – The person you miss the most
16 – Someone that’s not in your state/country
17 – Someone from your childhood
18 – The person that you wish you could be
19 – Someone that pesters your mind-good or bad
20 – The one that broke your heart the hardest
21 – Someone you judged by their first impression
22 – Someone you want to give a second chance to
23 – The last person you kissed
24 – The person that gave you your favorite memory
25 – The person you know that is going through the worst of times
26 – The last person you made a pinky promise to
27 – The friendliest person you knew for only one
28 – Someone that changed your life
29 – The person that you want tell everything to, but too afraid to
30 – Your reflection in the mirror
While I have been meaning to do this for close to two years now, I got the final nudge when sister of mine (who blogs at Shail’s Nest) asked me for blog challenge suggestions. This was followed by a thinly veiled threat of me having to write for all 30 days should I choose to join in as well. Since my blog has been largely dormant for some time now, and I have been meaning to exercise my brain with this for some time, I agreed to join her in this.
What is interesting is that while you have to write 30 letters, you may end up to writing more or less than 30 people. This is because there might be a person whom you will associate with more than one prompt, or there might be two people you might associate with one prompt. I will start with the first letter some time
tomorrow today, and link the individual posts to the list above as I move ahead.
If you like this, feel free to join in, add your name to the linkup below: