Writing a 5 W’s Story
Ideas for fictional stories often come from a writer’s real-life experiences. Change a few parts of the experience, and a story is born. See how one writer created a story idea by using a 5 W’s chart.
|Who?||Mark Day||Josh Davis and Kim Smith, new friends|
|What?||Went ice skating||Went ice skating|
|When?||Late afternoon last winter||Late afternoon last winter|
|Where?||On Root River||On Root River|
|Why?||To see how far he could get||To see if they could reach the dam, which is farther than anyone has ever gone|
Two important parts were changed—the main character(s) and the reason for the skating adventure.
Your Turn Write a fictional story based on a real experience.
- List possible experiences that you could turn into stories. (These could be personal experiences or ones that you have heard or read about.)
- Choose one experience that interests you the most.
- Create a 5 W's chart like the one above (or use the document download below).
- In the first column, list the 5 W's: Who? What? When? Where? and Why?
- In the second column, Identify the main parts of the experience.
- In the third column, fictionalize at least two important parts so that the experience becomes truly different.
- Write your story using the third column as a basic guide.
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