6 Steps to Writing Your Story's Inciting Incident6 Steps to Writing Your Story's Inciting Incident6 Steps to Writing Your Story's Inciting Incident by JosephBlakeParker
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 4 “Plot Points” – Section 2 “The Inciting Incident”
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Once you have completed your Prologue/Beginning, your next plot-point will be the Inciting Incident. This is the point at which your protagonist's life or world are forever changed—pushing them to some sort of reaction. This will be Chapter 1 of your novel (unless you prefer to use your prologue as your first chapter, in which case this should be Chapter 2).
Step 1: Make sure that the Inciting Incident is your first chapter.
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