Do your friends or family yawn when you show them your latest work of fiction? Are you struggling to start your story in a way that your readers never forget?
Do you want to light a fuse in your story so that your readers just have to read on and discover how the tale turns out?
I’ve spent the last few months rewriting a collection of short-stories, and I’ve faced all of these problems.
I won’t lie to you.
It’s disheartening to read something you spent hours on and realise you (never mind your would-be readers) want to put it down after the first three pages.
I had this problem. So I got help.
Recently, I attended a workshop by the master storyteller Robert McKee, during which he explained why the inciting incident is an essential part of any compelling story.
In this post, I’m going to share what I learnt from Robert and offer practical tips for writing a more compelling inciting incident that grips your readers.
Warning: there be spoilers ahead!