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Who, What, When, How and Why?

Updated on November 30, 2014

The 5 questions for good journalism

My lenses tend to answer these 5 questions and satisfy the curiosity in the things they uncover. It is not because I am a genius but one might say because there is within me a hunger for knowledge. That means exploring to the nth degree the subjects that appeal to me and ultimately for others. It also means sharing my discoveries with an audience who might also want to know the answers to these questions.

Because of my many interests and education the subjects covered in my lens are extensive and varied.

Years of reading, research and a degree led me further into the bowels of what makes humans tick. Why are we so curious, so industrious, so uncaring about our environment, so destructive towards one another and so intent on materialistic things when the spiritual world is so much more satisfying and rewarding? That's why my lenses take the format that they do and why this lensography might be important to you.

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It makes little difference in the long run

My readers are precious to me and they need to know what they are reading is of some benefit to them. By making sure that these 5 questions are addressed they can see immediately that it is worth reading on.

Every piece of writing has to state something about the author and why the lens or blog is being written. Place and time make it also relevant as the setting for the story, whether it is fictional or true, has to be established. This should be done in the introduction or imediately thereafter.

The following lenses are my take on how to write well and get your work published. Of course, with Squidoo one can publish immediately and there are no hassles. But that should not detract from the quality of the work.

Addressing the Importance of Good Writing

Learning how to put a story together is not difficult but the tricks and tips that make it that much better are worth researching. But many feel that they just want to get their message out there and really are not that keen on making it read as good as they could get it. What side do you take?

Is good writing important to your lenses, blogs or other platforms?

yes, I work hard to make it as easy as possible for others to read

yes, I work hard to make it as easy as possible for others to read

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    • VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I've learned that it truly is...and I'm always working to improve.

    • darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Good writing is essential. Exceptional writing is ideal.

    • MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Of course. You aren't going to continue if it is a struggle to read, especially when there are so many other things to read. Too much competition to not write will.

    • Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Definitely it's important to me. Foremost the grammar and spelling have to be correct, but often I am torn as to whether to spell or phrase things the English way or the American way. It really depends on my perceived audience as to which way I do it.

      Bad writing, and in particular bad punctuation, like lick of paragraphs, just turn me off.

    • Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Sometimes I read badly written work, and still read to the end because I am held by the sheer emotion and content, but often poor grammar and spelling divert attention from the message.

      Good writing adds weight and authority to what you are saying.

    • Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Absolutely! I hate to read badly written articles so why should I inflict them on my readers.

    • ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      yeah i think quality content is important

    • Yourshowman LM 6 years ago

      Yup good writing is must.

    • hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      Definitely agree to make it read as well as possible. Keep people engaged in the lens and makes them want to read on.

    • Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Absolutely! I think we need to catch a reader's attention fast these days! :)

    • beds 6 years ago

      Quality writing is of course important - but it is very different from off-line writing. No matter how good the writing, large blocks of unbroken text will lose readers.

    • BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      I wish I could say NO. Things would be faster and easier. But, alas, I can't stand to read bad writing, so I don't think my readers would stand for it.

    • Peregrina LM 6 years ago

      Definitely--writing is always important.

    • Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Sometimes I skimp and rely on lots of gaphics, but I can see the webpages with good writing seem to rise to the top.

    • RebeccaE 6 years ago

      yes, i do and I try to make my lenses as best I can... because my readers are important.

    no, I have never given this any thought before

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      Who Did It?

      For many authors this is a great question to address. That's why some write about people and their challenges, successes, failures and so on. But sometimes no one might be involved in a good story and at other times many might have played a hand in it. The following lenses will set this up so you can see how to present a lens where someone or something is involved. Enjoy!

      An Actual Bank Robbery

      Observe how the robbers are dressed, their preparatio, motivation and lack of planning that bring them undone. In this story there is heaps of action during this daylight robbery.

      Pictures Speak a Thousand Words - Or a good story tells you more

      How much do we actually take in from a photograph or even a video? When examining a scene do you check out the time, date, weather, people involved, objects that are visible, what's behind the players, and so on? Or do you just glance over it for the main bits and consider the rest of it irrelevant.

      Do you prefer to watch a video or read a good book?

      video for me

      video for me

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        • VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

          Watch viideo

        • Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

          I love to read a good book, but in the past few years I have found it hard to find the time to read, and I also keep getting distracted, so watching a video actually works better for me these days.

        • anonymous 6 years ago

          Although I used to read a lot, unfortunately it's video's for me now, its too hard on my old eyes now

        • religions7 6 years ago

          I love both. I'm a visual learner, so merely hearing words will not do it for me: I need to see words, or images, or something. Video is good.

        book for sure

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          • darciefrench lm 6 years ago

            There is something about reading that is so personal- one can spend time enveloped in their own thoughts, and go at one's own pace.

          • MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

            Well, I like both and they both matter, but I would rather read the book. However, in shorter venues, like lenses, both.

          • Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

            I love to read books - at least well written books! Of course I watch TV and movies too, but books are the best!

          • NarrowPathPubli 6 years ago

            I'm very verbal, in addition to getting easily distracted during videos. However, I do enjoy comical videos.

          • BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

            Although, I enjoy a video, I much prefer to read and let my own imagination provide the pictures.

          • Peregrina LM 6 years ago

            I read way more than I watch videos or TV. As a photographer, I definitely appreciate good photographs, though--although more for their artistic merits than for their informational value.

          What Are You Saying?

          Many of my lenses tackle the what side of things. What if? What does it matter? What do you want? What will you achieve? and so on. But no one will be interested in anything written with only the what component. But it is a starting point for many an interesting subject

          You are not aiming to be the best teacher ever but simply to put into a well written document your version of something. Before starting out on this question consider the positives. Check if there is an audience for this story. How can you make it more interesting without altering the facts? Below are a few of my lenses on this very thing. See how they function and whether they do their job.

          Asking the Questions of 9/11

          Law makers need answers how, why, when and by who, just as reporters and writers do. This video is an example of these questions in play. It is also telling about how assumptions have to be made when there are no positive answers or witnesses to shed some light,

          Where did it happen?

          You will not always start your story with "where" in the subject line but the contents will spell it out as you go along. Here you leave a lot of questions unanswered because there is no answer. Some things happen everywhere at all times. Some things just in certain places on what might be rare occasions.

          There are interesting stories also in behaviour and philosopy. The genius in you will make of this question what it will but there will be a side to it that might surprise even you. Below are some of my "where" lenses. Enjoy!


          This is the big one.

          Why do things work? Why do people ride ferris wheels? Why do we work? Why do we eat? Why, why, why? There are a billion questions and probably hundreds of times more answers. Children start off with hundreds of questions as they try to figure out the environment in which they live. But adults are always asking and trying to work it out. Enjoy these lenses that give solutions.

          How Many Times in a Day? - Do you want answers to a question

          Many people know a lot about everything, some know a lot about a few things, mostly though people know very little about what goes on in their environment. Try asking someone in your region who their parliamentary representative is and mostly they won't be able to tell you and yet they probably voted her/him in the last election. Ask someone what they ate for dinner the night before and many will not be able to tell you. The list goes on and the questions likewise.

          Do you have an inquisitive mind seeking answers?



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            • VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

              All the time.

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            • darciefrench lm 6 years ago

              Always questing for Truth :)

            • Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

              Most definitely I do! My wife gets mad sometimes when I turn to Google or IMDB to look something up, but I hate having to spend hours thinking of the name of an actor, or who was in what, and where have I seen them before etc, when these days the answer is just a few clicks away.

            • Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

              When I was at school I was always being accused of asking awkward questions, It didn't stop me, and ultimately I trained to do a job where awkward questions were the norm - law.

            • Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

              I always want to know something! Even though I've found answers to many things, there are always more questions.

            • MommyArt LM 6 years ago

              I used to drive my parents crazy with the why question... And now I drive everyone else crazy with it!

            • BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

              I have always been fascinated with the why of something. Motivation is an amazing answer to so many questions.


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              Why do Things Like This Happen? - Why, why, why?

              We give authority to religious groups and to governments to make up laws of supposedly right and wrong. But how many get it right? Listen to this video and come to grips with how wrong they are and how sick are people wilthin our society that hold positions of power.

              Leave Your Reader with Thoughts

              and a definite change of heart

              Good writing is not about pictures and hype it's about facts, results, causes and effects, sending the mind into a challenge that will continue to work on it long after the reader leaves. Its about penetrating the noise of the world with something new to think about. A different take on everyday things and a unique experience.

              Whether you are writing blogs, lenses, books, articles or other the formula does not change. If you can't start a piece then you probably should not be writing it. If you cannot think of what to write then write nothing. Good writing comes from the heart and it is propelled with a momentum of energy that speaks deeper than the mind can think. It overcomes prejudice and is highly persuasive in its views.

              Try out these lenses for causes and effects.

              Has This Given You Food for Thought? - or are you simply not interested in good writing?

              Sometimes we read things that are so poorly written that we miss the point. Yet other things that are very well written go completely above our heads because of the language used or the choice of words that we may not recognise. It is hard to strike the right medium and many would be turned off and gve up.

              Do you persevere and write well on topics of interest?

              Yes, I like to make sure that my work is readable and interesting.

              Yes, I like to make sure that my work is readable and interesting.

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                • VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

                  Oh yes.

                • darciefrench lm 6 years ago

                  Absolutely, it is the topic that drives the writing for me.

                • MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

                  Lenswise, most definitely I am proud of my work here

                • Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

                  I try to make sure that my readers can understand what I write, and usually go the extra mile to explain in simple terms if I think it's going to be too complex to easily understand. I also like to try to prompt questions or comments to be left, and for the reader to feel that the article is worthy to be forwarded on.

                • Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

                  Yes, I want people to enjoy and understand what I write.

                • BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

                  I am guilty of giving my lenses a bit about me in my writing. I like the personal side of knowing about the author through the writing, not just the bio. So I give that to all my lenses.

                No, I write for my own benefit rather than what readers might think

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                  Good Writing Tips - learn how to do fiction and non fiction

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                      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

                      Cannot post on the debates. :-(

                      Love this lens! So many things to think about and write about!

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                      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

                      Another brilliant lens. I remember seeing the robbery on television. it was like looking at something on the big screen.

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                      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

                      Well said, angel blessed :)

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                      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

                      This was great, I am at the stage where I want to develop my writing further. Thankyou for this information

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                      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

                      Lots of good stuff and fun to read!

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                      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

                      Great lens with some thought provoking questions, and a lot of good answers too, nicely done. Thanks for selecting My Pet Peeves to feature.

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                      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

                      This was a very thought-provoking lens. I don't usually bother to watch videos, but I did watch one or two of these, and I am bookmarking this so that I can watch the rest. I like the way you slip in information casually which takes your reader by surprise and turns out to be a bombshell.

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                      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

                      Great questions, and of course so many great lenses featured here!

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                      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

                      Great questions, and of course so many great lenses featured here!

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                      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

                      i loved the polls and questions. i love your lens

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                      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

                      Great job as always, enjoyed my visit here :)

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                      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

                      This is a super lens, lensrolling and adding a blessing today! :)

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                      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

                      Good lessons to learn and keep in mind for all writing. I also like your presentation. I'm a "blue" person, so the visual was very appealing.

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                      RebeccaE 6 years ago

                      this is great, and I believe all it says a good writer keeps on learning and keeps on remembering to grow. bravo!