|Stories - Part Five: Relationships and Communication
One of the best ways to learn writing is to read and write letters for newspapers and magazines. They usually are short, specific to a problem, and give views for and against the issues discussed. Imagine an article highlighting the plight of Cinderella, and the responses that might get published.
The various viewpoints depend upon the extent the letter writer identifies with Cinderella and her situation. Imagine letters from the following categories, and how they might express a wide range of differing views:
Men and women read different books, as do the young and old. We know that Sherlock Holmes read a range of newspapers because he collected news items for his research. We might guess that James Bond would read magazines about fast cars, guns, wine, and the items that played a big part in his life.
Donald Duck is a practical sort of person, so he might read books on gardening, house fixing, and D.I.Y. On the other hand, Tom, of 'Tom and Jerry' seems the sort of character that would be interested in sport, happy to sit on the sofa with a can of beer and read the sport pages of the popular papers.
King Midas and Scrooge would be investors, so might read the Money pages of the serious magazines.
Henry's Cat is lazy and likes food, so would read leisure magazines, while Chris Rabbit is very active, and would read magazines about high-energy pursuits.
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