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Who, What, When, How and Why?
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.
Writing for Pleasure or Money
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
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
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?
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.
Good Writing Tips - learn how to do fiction and non fiction
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