I am not a huge letter-writing fan. I find it so much easier just to zip off an e-mail. I will be the first to admit that getting a letter in the mail is way more fun than an e-mail, but it definitely takes a lot more effort to sit with pen and paper and write. It may just be that I find it somewhat tedious to write about all the boring things I've been doing. :-) Who really cares?
This is much more fun. The Letter Game. You don't write about yourself! That's the great part. You get to invent a heroine (or just a hero:-) and make up a fabulous story. Of course, you have to have a good friend to do it with or it's just not going to work out. Here's what you do.
You and whoever you pal up with to do this with have to figure out together some of the basic ideas for your story, like what time-frame you want it in, (Any time frame you want! How fun is that?:-) where your characters are going to live, if there's magic or not...just enough to get you both on the same wave-length. One of you gets the honor of writing the first letter and 'setting the mood'. Then the thing sort of takes of on its own. It's pretty easy, really. Just a few words of caution. Think ahead a little bit. You do want to have a sort of plot in the back of your mind that you sort of 'guide'your letters towards. And it's good if your plot and your friend's plot tie together at the end. My advice, when you near the end of your story (and you'll know when that is :-) talk to your friend and figure out what you want to do. Then write your last few letters.
It really is a blast. It makes letter writing so much more dramatic! You get all the fun parts of writing, (i.e, using fancy handwriting, and really making your letter look like a work of art!:-) and none of the boring. Give it a try. It's an awesome way to get your creative juices flowing!