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14th Feb '15 9:16:35 PM maxwellsilver
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All good stories have a beginning, middle, and an end. This is about the beginning. Not just the beginning, but the beginning of the beginning. This is about the IncitingIncident.

The IncitingIncident is that first thing, great or small, that sets in motion the sequence of events that constitute the [[{{Plot}} plot]]. From the [[ThreeActStructure First Act]] to the {{Denouement}}, everything that happens in the story can be traced back here.

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All good stories have a beginning, middle, and an end. This is about the beginning. Not just the beginning, but the beginning of the beginning. This is about the IncitingIncident.

Inciting Incident.

The IncitingIncident Inciting Incident is that first thing, great or small, that sets in motion the sequence of events that constitute the [[{{Plot}} plot]]. From the [[ThreeActStructure First Act]] to the {{Denouement}}, everything that happens in the story can be traced back here.
12th Dec '12 5:48:36 PM MarkLungo
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While the Inciting Incident may appear banal on the surface, it has some heavy lifting to do in a narrative sense. Firstly, it must propel the protagonist into the first phase of the plot: it sends the soon-to-be lovers into the MeetCute in a RomCom, it is the [[DeathByOriginStory death of a loved one]] that inspires the hero to fight injustice, it is [[OrdinaryPeople the French Toast being scraped into the trash by a emotionally cold mother]]. Secondly, it must place in the audience's mind the notion of what TheClimax will be like: if it is [[Film/{{Jaws}} the discovery of a shark-bitten corpse on a beach]], expect a showdown at the end with said shark; if [[StarWars a farm boy discovers a message of intergalactic espionage]], be sure he will follow his journey to the [[GalacticConqueror Galactic Overlord]].

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While the Inciting Incident may appear banal on the surface, it has some heavy lifting to do in a narrative sense. Firstly, it must propel the protagonist into the first phase of the plot: it sends the soon-to-be lovers into the MeetCute in a RomCom, it is the [[DeathByOriginStory death of a loved one]] that inspires the hero to fight injustice, it is [[OrdinaryPeople [[Literature/OrdinaryPeople the French Toast being scraped into the trash by a emotionally cold mother]]. Secondly, it must place in the audience's mind the notion of what TheClimax will be like: if it is [[Film/{{Jaws}} the discovery of a shark-bitten corpse on a beach]], expect a showdown at the end with said shark; if [[StarWars a farm boy discovers a message of intergalactic espionage]], be sure he will follow his journey to the [[GalacticConqueror Galactic Overlord]].
30th Apr '12 2:49:33 AM erforce
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While the Inciting Incident may appear banal on the surface, it has some heavy lifting to do in a narrative sense. Firstly, it must propel the protagonist into the first phase of the plot: it sends the soon-to-be lovers into the MeetCute in a RomCom, it is the [[DeathByOriginStory death of a loved one]] that inspires the hero to fight injustice, it is [[OrdinaryPeople the French Toast being scraped into the trash by a emotionally cold mother]]. Secondly, it must place in the audience's mind the notion of what TheClimax will be like: if it is [[{{Jaws}} the discovery of a shark-bitten corpse on a beach]], expect a showdown at the end with said shark; if [[StarWars a farm boy discovers a message of intergalactic espionage]], be sure he will follow his journey to the [[GalacticConqueror Galactic Overlord]].

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While the Inciting Incident may appear banal on the surface, it has some heavy lifting to do in a narrative sense. Firstly, it must propel the protagonist into the first phase of the plot: it sends the soon-to-be lovers into the MeetCute in a RomCom, it is the [[DeathByOriginStory death of a loved one]] that inspires the hero to fight injustice, it is [[OrdinaryPeople the French Toast being scraped into the trash by a emotionally cold mother]]. Secondly, it must place in the audience's mind the notion of what TheClimax will be like: if it is [[{{Jaws}} [[Film/{{Jaws}} the discovery of a shark-bitten corpse on a beach]], expect a showdown at the end with said shark; if [[StarWars a farm boy discovers a message of intergalactic espionage]], be sure he will follow his journey to the [[GalacticConqueror Galactic Overlord]].
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