The Weekly Challenge

The Weekly Challenge, 23rd November – The World from My Window

This week’s challenge is from The World from my Window (TWFMW), the home for storytellers…

“We’re a growing global anthology of stories from the windows of the world which was started during the first UK lockdown by two old school friends. So far we’ve had nearly 1000 stories submitted from over 75 countries; stories from the rooftops of Pakistan, from a hospital bed in Australia, a women’s refuge in Scotland, a pop stars bedroom and lots of places in between. At a time when the world can feel increasingly disconnected, the project is utilising the power of storytelling to bring people together.”

Find the stories here – and use this week’s challenge to add yours!

Do
Grab a pen/pencil and a piece of paper and make yourself comfortable in a seat by a window. Take a deep breath…and take three more. Look outside through your window and start to think about the following questions; What can I see, hear or smell? Are there things that I’m noticing that I’ve not seen before?

Now, grab your pen and piece of paper and draw a big picture of your window on the page. This time, look out of your window and ask yourselves the following 2 questions; what have I discovered about myself and the people around me this year? What are things that really matter to me? So as you sit looking out of your window and reflect on those questions, try to capture anything that comes up for you on the paper in front of you; it could be images, words, sentences, doodles – anything goes.

If you have more time … 
Tun your drawings into words! TWFMW shares written stories so the above exercise could be a good place to start the creative writing process. Try some free writing inspired by your drawing – don’t worry about what you’re writing or if it makes sense. It could be useful to imagine you’re writing a letter to someone that you know. Enjoy the process, there’s no right or wrong answers in any of this.

If you can, try to keep your story to 300 words or less, and once you’re happy with it, write it up on your computer and add your voice to the global anthology through their website.

Think 
What was the most surprising thing that you saw from your window? What was the most surprising thing that came to your mind?
Share
Once you’ve captured your thoughts on the paper and if you’d like to share it, think about who you could share your picture with? Perhaps a friend or family member. Or you could keep it for you, as a record of where you’re at, or where you’d like to be.