So, I'm back again with the same story that caused my NaNoWriMo demise in 2011 and again in 2012. I'm also back at the same plot line I used in 2011 (I've ditched this year's approach).
Well, without going into too many details, I am caught at the same plot point as I was in 2011 - the inciting incident. The point at which everything starts.
And I have no idea what that is for this story, just like I felt last year. Which means I am extremely frustrated.
I knew the inciting incident for my fantasy story! It was when my main character came face to face with her enemy. She knew it was time to run and when she ran, it caused a domino effect. The whole "story" thing started to happen.
Now, I know what is going to happen, with who, and where, but I just don't know how to get started. It's kind of like trying to find directions using GoogleMaps and you aren't sure whether you want to bus, drive, or walk.
While researching inciting incident, I came across an article that basically broke it down in four possible options:
1) it's something that is impossible for the main character to avoid,
2) it hits a vulnerable point,
3) it causes conflict for all characters involved,
4) or it's the type of event that would capture anyone's attention.
The last time I approached this story, the inciting incident I used before took the story in a direction I didn't like. So, I don't want to use it again. But now I'm still left stymied over how I want all of this to kick off.
What is your novel's inciting incident? What is an inciting incident you remember from your favorite book or movie?