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by sherryosbornecarter
Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Inciting Incident - how soon is too soon?
Replies: 16
Views: 1893

Re: Inciting Incident - how soon is too soon?

Thank you so much to everyone for providing your thoughts on this. For now I'm going to start my first draft with the inciting incident - my character being dead - right at the very start because I can't see any other logical way to do it (and I'm really pleased with my opening line which came to me...
by sherryosbornecarter
Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Inciting Incident - how soon is too soon?
Replies: 16
Views: 1893

Re: Inciting Incident - how soon is too soon?

Unless you're going for an "I see dead people" twist like The Sixth Sense, the main character being dead is a pretty critical fact. So yes, probably good to start there. Katherine Haha, yes, definitely not going for a surprise. The only one who is surprised is my protagonist, which I gues...
by sherryosbornecarter
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Inciting Incident - how soon is too soon?
Replies: 16
Views: 1893

Re: Inciting Incident - how soon is too soon?

Someone here once said something that was clever. I am not clever so I will paraphrase it poorly; We study and know the rules so we know how to break them effectively. If your story is solid then it won't matter where you put the "inciting incident". Heck, I leave them out altogether But ...
by sherryosbornecarter
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Inciting Incident - how soon is too soon?
Replies: 16
Views: 1893

Re: Inciting Incident - how soon is too soon?

How do you define "inciting incident?" I'm going based on the idea that the inciting incident is where the path changes for the main character. I can't really go into a whole ton of detail because I'm still trying to piece the story together in my head, but the gist is that the MC is surp...
by sherryosbornecarter
Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Inciting Incident - how soon is too soon?
Replies: 16
Views: 1893

Inciting Incident - how soon is too soon?

Hello! We all know that with only a few exceptions, you want to get your inciting incident to occur fairly early in your novel. Otherwise, you risk boredom for your readers. However, is there such a thing as too soon? Can the inciting incident happen on page one? Or right at the beginning? I am work...
by sherryosbornecarter
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Music for writing
Replies: 80
Views: 61175

Re: Music for writing

I absolutely can not write with music that has lyrics. It's worse if I know the song because I'll sing along, but even if I've never heard it before, my brain automatically starts listening. I have to use instrumental. When I used to work a creative day job I often listened to Spanish guitar playlis...