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In journalism, the 5 Ws (and 1 H) are the key to writing a complete story. You can write a completely different story (as fiction) by changing just one of the 5 Ws (or the H) in a completely unexpected way. 

Now that you have read as far as this you know, of course, that the Kingdom of Rotundia was a very remarkable place; and if you are a thoughtful child—as of course you are—you will not need me to tell you what was the most remarkable thing about it. But in case you are not a thoughtful child—and it is just possible of course that you are not—I will tell you at once what that most remarkable thing was. All the animals were the wrong sizes! –The Book of Dragons (free from Project Gutenberg) by E. Nesbit

Writing Prompt: Write something where one of the 5 Ws (or the H) is changed in an unexpected way. For reference, here are the 5 Ws (and 1 H):
  • Who is it about?
  • What happened?
  • Where did it take place?
  • When did it take place?
  • Why did it happen?
  • How did it happen?

Journaling Prompt: Write about something completely unexpected that happened to you.

Art Prompt: Topsy Turvy World

Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: Use the 5 Ws and 1 H to guide your writing.

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