The 5 W’s…and an H

One of the easiest ways to start writing is to ask yourself a question, and then answer it in following paragraphs.

And, one of the many ways reporters interview people is to start with a “who, what, when, where, why, or how” question.

For instance, if you want to write a report on Benjamin Franklin, your first sentence might be “What did Franklin do before he was a printer?” or “How did Franklin begin his career in Philadelphia?”

You’ll often see stories begin with a question sentence. Some of the most popular columns in magazines are question-answer features.

Take a look at Rix’s new book: How to Sell Ideas With the Minute Message

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Rix Quinn

Rix Quinn is a former magazine editor and now a syndicated columnist for over 100 weekly newspapers. He holds degrees from Texas Christian University and California State University.

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