The inciting incident in a work of fiction is what gets the plot moving. Think of it as the first flashy set of fireworks that leads into an awesome display which lights up the sky and sets up the crescendo at the end. In other words, it will also lead directly to the climax.
A superb inciting incident will keep your audience glued to your words, reading at warp-speed with the driving desire to finish your story. And this image is what keeps our fingers flying on the keyboard, right?
Here are five suggestions to help you make your inciting incident heart-stopping:
There are many ways to keep your readers engaged. Obviously, voice and style are key. However:
Therefore, it is essential to keep the plot moving.
I hope these suggestions help to spark your creativity and perhaps inspire you to try something new with your writing.
Would love to hear from fellow writers how you navigate your inciting incident and where you place it, first or later in your novel? What works for you?
Thanks for reading!