The inciting incident is often misunderstood. Even seasoned writers sometimes make claims that there can be multiple inciting incidents or that it can occur before the story even begins. But I would argue that most of those claims are rooted in a misunderstanding of the role the inciting incident plays within a story.
Helping you write the best stories you can through probing study of story craft.
In film, orientation is almost immediate. In prose, oreintation requires ink. Here are some guidelines for what orientation the reader needs.
Story is a vortex; a character circles around the climax, wanting and not wanting to get to the center of the vortex, where they will be transformed.
The back-cover synopsis lays out the book’s premise and piques reader interest. Here’s how and why you should write one early and often.
How can you write when the world seems to be falling apart? Some considerations for releasing the anxiety and allowing some healthy creative pursuit.
A scene list is a simple but powerful tool you can use to wrap your head around your whole story and begin to troubleshoot where it might need revision. Here’s how and why it helps.
Having trouble with structure?
- Novel Structure: An Aggregate Paradigm
- A Compendium of Novel Structure Resources
- Escalating Complications
- Why the Hero's Journey Might Not Be Right for Your Story
- The Two Roles of the Story Beginning
- How to Create a Moving Character Arc
- Use Beats to Move Characters within Scenes
- Earning Story Events
- The Case for Pantsing
- Freytag's Pyramid
- Turning Points within Scenes