W is for Writing Wheel and Windows


I love the letter ‘W’. I think it stems from childhood, when I learned to write the zigzag motion of the letter. My mother proudly displayed reams of paper filled with continuous ‘w’s flowing across the page in a rainbow of colour.

I also had a fascination with windows. Some would say literally. The amount of times I've walked into patio doors is uncountable and when I was seven I even put my bottom through a glass pane. I don't remember the blood, just the cool tinkling sound. 

My writing training began at the age of four. I used to watch a TV programme called Play School which sent my young mind through a different shaped window each day. Would it be the square window, the arch window or the round window? I used to have such fun guessing which window we would venture through and the thrill of the mystery of what was waiting for us on the other side used to have me jumping in my seat.

This was the time I learned the wheel of ‘w’ questions: What’s happening? Where? Who’s it happening to? When? Why?

As I grew into a teenager the window watching never stopped. My teachers despaired of me. I was often pulled out of my daydreaming spells by a piece of flying chalk. Wow! If a teacher ever threw anything at a student these days, there would be serious consequences.

Even now, I continually stare out of windows: from my writing desk, when I’m washing the dishes (okay... loading the dishwasher), when I’m sitting on the couch, when I’m in a café or restaurant. Our house has almost as many windows as wall space. Luckily, I like cleaning windows – can’t obscure my view now, can I?

Do you stare out of windows? When did your writing training begin?

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  1. I'm glad your Ws were zig-zag. The curved ones, in graphology, can mean an obsession with breasts! As for staring out of windows, I keep my blinds down when I'm writing because the views over the Severn valley are distracting. Now looking into windows is another thing entirely. When I was tiny my Gran would lift me up to peer through people's windows. The I had to describe what I saw. Thankfully, nothing a tiny tot shouldn't see.

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    1. :) Thanks for the giggle Lynne. That was a crafty move by your Gran :) Nice one.

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  2. Lovely post! Oh shudder - I remember the chalk flying through the air. I got hit by it once when the teacher was aiming at someone else. He used to throw a board rubber too! I love lots of windows and I wish my house had more of them. I often stare out and drift off though :-) xx

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    1. YES!! Our teachers used to throw the board rubbers too. Luckily that was usually saved for the boys. How sexist. Thanks for popping by to comment Teresa.

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  3. Really like to hear how you put your butt through a window. My father put his knee through a sliding glass door once.

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    1. I was banging against it, being the little tike I was. Single paned glass back in those days :)

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  4. Yes, I love looking out of windows but I don't write near a large window because it distracts me. Oddly, though, listening to music doesn't. I started writing when I was three years old. I wrote stories that nobody could read except me, so I would read them to anyone who would listen.

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    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. I need quiet when I write. But a view from a window works wonders. I can touch type so I stare and write at the same time. My mind ensures there's a different view each day :)

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  5. I am a great one for staring out of the window, too. The window by my desk overlooks a 17th century cemetery full of birds and wildlife. It is always interesting.

    @Kathleen01930
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    1. What a view!! How inspirational. I'd love that. Thanks for popping by Kathleen.

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  6. I've walked into patio doors too! I daydream a lot and I've walked into walls as well. I love window watching. Great W day! :)

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    1. Thanks Christine. I'm glad I'm not alone in my walking escapades :)

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  7. I don't spend too much time looking out windows anymore. I work in an office where the only windows lead to the hallway, my personal office is in the garage, and black-out drapes cover the bedroom windows. But I suppose I use that excuse to get outside, since I can't see it otherwise.

    My true writing inspiration started in the shower, with Water dripping from my fingers. I used to pretend I had the power to summon the wet stuff and command it to obey my will. I guess W is what writing is about for me too!

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    1. Great imagination, Loni. I'd love that power :)

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  8. I do stare out windows. I love having a window over my kitchen sink which looks out over our yard.

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    1. I bet that's a great ever-changing view, Bish.

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  9. I practiced my Ws a lot because I loved the possibilities. I ended up with a flourish at the beginning and end of that letter. Kind of fun! And yes to staring out of windows. I do that a lot.

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    1. I do love the Ws. There seems to be a lot of us 'starers' out there. When does that become stalking? :):)

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  10. I have a window in front of me when I write and I catch myself staring at trees and grass for far too long! I used to perform with one of the presenters of Play School - great jazz drummer whose sounds can be found on my first album! Good old Fred:)
    Fran
    @FranClarkAuthor
    Writing Women’s Fiction

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  11. Thanks for sharing those memories, Nicola. You've brought to mind stuff I haven't thought about in years. My mum said I drove them crazy because I constantly asked, "Why?" No answer was un-why-able. Haha.

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    1. This A to Z challenged has really had me stirring up memories. It's been great to reminisce.

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  12. I need windows to look out of and see the larger world. Writing has always been a part of me, much to the chagrin of the first editors to which I sent my stories!

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    1. You are an exceptional writer, Roland. I have really enjoyed reading your words over the past weeks.

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  13. I hated when a former workplace had no window. We felt like mole people. Thank you for sharing this. It's delightful, except perhaps for teachers throwing chalk (!). I realized a joy of writing when I first started on journals. Later, rereading those from my teens, I realized my writings weren't half bad. ~grin~
    Awakening Dreams and Conquering Nightmares with a Pen
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  14. I can't believe they threw stuff at you, even just chalk! And besides, staring out the windows is usually more entertaining than class...

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    1. Too true. Back in those days it was just 'talk and chalk' style teaching.

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  15. I write in front of a large window, but I rarely look out. When I'm going good, the only window is my laptop screen, and everything else is a distraction. I absolutely can't have music on in the background -- I've tried -- and if anyone starts talking to me, I might as well quit writing because my train of thought is gone. I think part of what I like about writing is that it allows me to not feel so scattered. It's never a little of this and a little of that with my thoughts, I'm always very single-minded when writing until it's complete.

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    1. I'm the same. I need to be left alone in peace and quiet and be allowed to stay in my zone.

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  16. I'm a window person too. I just love outside and if I can't be there, I want to see it.

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    1. :) Thanks for popping by Susan.

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  17. I love window shopping and I love staring out the window... it could be a busy chaotic street. It could be a quiet sleepy one. Hopefully not a brick wall.. but then you will just have to imagine what's on the other side.

    And I am amazed that this chalk throwing happens around the world. I had a teacher throw one at me. Only it was aimed at the student infront of me.. but well.. bad aim.. and poor me..
    Seena
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  18. I love a window with a view. During the spring the color green is my draw! I draw inspiration from whatever is going on and then lose myself in the story.

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  19. I love looking out windows because I can day dream and love to just stare out and watch. I can do that when creating my cards.

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