How to be an instigator


Writing advice from yours truly

Here’s my latest piece for the CreateSpace blog.  Check it out. Leave a comment.  Join the community.

Your Story’s Inciting Incident

Do  you know your story’s inciting incident? The inciting incident is the event that drives your protagonist toward the pursuit of a certain outcome. Or, as writing guru Robert McKee puts it in his book Story,  it’s “an event that radically upsets the balance of forces in the protagonist’s life.” It usually comes in the form of drastic change and puts your main character in a position where he/she must take action.  That action is usually outside the bounds of his or her normal behavior and causes conflict that propels growth. In many ways, it’s the keystone  of your character arc.

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