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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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