The five w’s are important when it comes to story writing. Who is your story about? What is your story about? When does the story take place? Why is this story important?

Below is a list to help your story building. Ask yourself some of these questions, if you have answers to most of them then chances are you are headed in the right direction.

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Who is your main character?
What does he/she look like?
When is your main character’s birthday?
Where is he/she from?
Why are you writing about this character?

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Who are some of the other characters in your story?
What connections do they have with your main character?
When do they enter the story?
Where would your character be with or without them? Is their presence needed?
Why are they important to the story?

Who will your story connect with?
What genre are you writing?
Where does your story take place?
Why did you choose to write this story?

This simple exercise will force you to look at your story a little deeper. Were you able to answer most of the questions easily or did you have to think?


Filed under A to Z, writer's life, writers, writing

3 responses to “WHO,WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY

  1. I love the questions! I’ve always been a big fan of “what if” to take my stories in unusual directions, but I’ll add your list to my repertoire so that I can build those tales in a better way. By the way, you have really ROCKED this month of blogging, Maribeth! Way to go!

    • Maribeth

      Thanks Barb. I’ve been feeling blah lately so your comment made my night. !! I love what if’s too! I think all writers say what if a few times a day.

  2. Great questions. The answers definitely provide a spring board for a story. Nice job!

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