Saturday, February 13, 2010

Saturday Secrets! (WIP style!)

One of my favorite Web sites is Post Secret, where people from around the country have been mailing in their deepest and darkest secrets (and some silly ones) anonymously. Every Sunday, the site posts new secrets. There have also been several books of secrets, and the founder of the site, Frank Warren, tours the country giving talks (he's coming to my area soon, and you bet I'll be there, if I can get in, to hear him.)

When you're a writer deeply immersed in a project, you can't get that project out of your head. So of course, I started thinking about what kinds of secrets my characters would mail in if they were to send something to Post Secret. Then I decided to make some postcards and share them with you, because, well...their secrets are more fun than mine.  The whole thing was a great character exercise, because not only did I have to consider the secret itself, but also the design of the postcard, fonts they would use, etc. For example, if I had written that first secret, it would have had some hearts or a prettier font, but that character wouldn't have used those things. And I never would have sent in a secret that looked as messy as that third one. (I might be slightly crazy for thinking this hard about things. I'm OK with that. The best part is my novel takes place in the future, and I don't even think P.S. will be around 400 years from now.)

I would have posted these on Sunday, to coincide with the regular update on the Post Secret blog. But Sundays around these parts mean Sunday Funday, and I have some great links set up for tomorrow. I couldn't skip it this week. So I'm calling it Saturday Secrets! And in keeping in the anonymous tradition of P.S., I'm not going to say who belongs to the secrets, either. Enjoy!



 Feel free to post some of your character's secrets in the comments!


  1. Oohhh! This is a fun game!

    "I can't tell him about the other night because I still love him and I know he'll leave."

  2. Oooh, I love this! From what I've read of your story, I have an idea about a couple of them. :-) How fun!

    I'd have to think about peeps are still evolving.

  3. Ok, I just wanted to say that the nail polish secret made me literally LOL because it reminded me of my aunt.

    She's so bad even her post-its match her outfit each day

  4. That's an awesome idea. It's definitely something I should think about doing with my characters. Thank you for sharing!♥

  5. Wow what a great way to learn more about your characters! I'm going to have to try this out!

  6. I. LOVE. Post Secrets!! And I am totally copying you someday soon for my own characters--brilliant idea!

  7. How fun!

    One of my characters post cards would say,

    "I've wanted to tell her the truth for fourteen years."

    Happy VDay!

  8. LOVE this! What a great idea. I might use try this myself! Thanks :)

  9. This is the coolest idea ever. I've been a fan of PostSecret for years, and though I haven't seen Frank speak, I've been able to see an exhibit. yay!


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