What’s in the window? It may seem a simple  question but this week’s prompt can be used in a number of ways.

Option one is to treat this as a descriptive prompt and simply answer the question. The choice of window is yours, of course, and the answer could be what you see from one of the windows in your own house, what you see in a shop window or looking out through a cafe window. The key to this is keen observation using the senses and then selection of detail – deciding what to put in and what to leave out.

Another option, if you fancy making your imagination do more work, is to take an abstract emotion (I’d suggest an emotion you’re feeling at the time of using this prompt) and ask what it is looking out of a window at. (For example, anger might look out onto a fiery scene or a busy street/traffic jam of hooting traffic, whereas calmness might look out onto a sunset, countryside or a still sea. N.B. The suggestions I’ve made are fairly obvious ones just to put across what I mean.) The more you interrogate your own personal emotion, the more unique/imaginative your resulting scene is likely to be. And don’t forget your emotion might look out through more than one window, onto different views.)

At this point, you might want to make things more interesting by suggesting your emotion look out not at the view it finds most natural but at what you would like it to look at. (For example, if you’re feeling lazy, you might make your laziness look out onto a park full of keen joggers!) Note what conflict arises. Is there a poem or story in there somewhere? (N.B. The point of this is to provide you with inspiration and get you writing, not to cause pain. If your emotions are very strong and this exercise causes any distress, please stop and use the first descriptive exercise instead.)

Whatever you try, enjoy exploring words and description without putting any pressure on yourself as to the results. Above all, just write.