Scene Setting: The 5 Ws and an H

There are many ways to create a story scene. Some jump in with a pile of exposition and go it from there while others trickle the information slowly as if from a honeydripper.

I prefer to use an old technique from my days writing newspaper articles. That technique is using the “5 Ws and an H”.

What is that?

When I am setting up a scene, I ask myself six basic questions:

1) Who is the focus of the Scene?

2) What is the action?

3) When is the Scene happening?

4) Where is the Scene taking place?

5) Why is the Scene happening? What is its purpose within the Story?

6) How do the characters get from the beginning to the end of the Scene?

This technique doesn’t always work, but I have found that in most cases, it does a great job in laying the groundwork for the writing and it has carried me up to this point so it must have something useful going for it.

How do you set up your scenes? Please share your tips and techniques in the comments. Thanks for your time. 🙂

The Writer’s Block Dissolver System: How to Quickly Unblock Your Muse and Reclaim Your Creative Genius

I like the way this guy thinks. Definitely some useful information.

Christopher Kokoski

Dissolver System

There is a foolproof system to dissolving writer’s block. If you follow the steps in this post, you will never have to worry about writer’s block again. The system is simple, which is why it works. Here is a quick run down of the system.


The Writer’s Block Dissolver System:

Identify the type of writer’s block

Apply the solution

Test the effect

(If needed) Try other strategies

Retest the Results


See.Simple, right? It is. Once you know the common types and effective solutions, it comes down to applying and testing the results and getting back to writing.

6 Common Types of Writer’s Block

  • No ideas
  • Too many ideas
  • Character Confusion
  • How to Proceed
  • Emotional Blockage
  • Pain Point

Identify the Type of Writer’s Block

Let’s quickly deconstruct these 6 types of blocks. Identifying the correct type of block is the first step in the system. As you read them, see if…

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