Write 5, 50 or 500 words. See where any of these prompts take you!
In Play School, the long-running children’s TV series on the BBC (and in other parts of the English speaking world), viewers were asked: What window are we going to go through today? The choice was between the Arched window, the Round window or the Square window. Which window do you want to go through today? Why?
In one window there’s a boy sitting.from “Before the Storm” by Lousie Glück
He’s been sent to bed—too early,
in his opinion, so he sits at the window—
What does the boy see? Why was he sent to bed? Who sees the boy?
The modern English word derives from the Norse vindauga – literally wind eye. The Old English was eagþyrl, (eye-hole). The common word in many other languages derives from the Latin fenestra, from the Greek phainein (to show) or from an unknown Etruscan word.adapted from Etymology Online and The Etymology Nerd
What do the different names tell you about the way people think? What other names could be given to this architectural feature in a future community? In another part of the world? In the first house-building society to use them?
In 1965 The Hollies asked: Look through any window. What do you see?
Have the protagonist, or another character from your Work in Progress, look through a window. What do they see?
What is happening in the picture? Why is she there? What does she see?
Image credits: Both pictures are my own. The featured image shows the shape of the windows used in Play School as I remember them from 50+ years ago.