Writing Prompt #15: A Letter

Writing prompt #15 is to write a letter as or to one of your favorite characters. I do this more often than I would like to admit. Bonus points if this character (or their creator) has an email or physical address and you send it!


I wrote a letter to Bailey from Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus after finishing the book for the first time. At the end of the novel, Bailey hands “you” a business card printed with his email address, bailey@nightcircus.com. Today I finally worked up the nerve to send it out.


Mr. Bailey

The Night Circus
Mr. – 
I hope I am not the only person who has been so bold as to write you at this email address, gleaned from a small scene in a fairy tale of a novel. However, truth be told, this small scene may be my favorite of all those in the novel which features you so prominently. For what is better than, after reading a beautiful dream, the revelation that the dream goes on – that it has not ended, but exists here, here in your own mundane world of email and the internet?
I would like a dream to fall into. A story-dream like yours, one which comes upon you suddenly and demands that you choose. I hope that, like you, I will one day choose to shoulder the dream.
Please come to North Carolina.
Bring Kiko.



For those of you wondering, the email address is real! Bailey’s auto-response reads:

“If you are inquiring as to the itinerary of the circus, we apologize,
but it is against our policy to disclose information about current or
upcoming locations.

Other inquiries will be responded to in as timely a manner as possible.”

Will he write back? We’ll see!


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