An inciting incident has a crucial and unique responsibility in novel-writing. Sure, it’s the first major plot point in a story – but it also launches the protagonist into the main conflict and sparks the beginning of his character arc. And as we discover in today’s Developing Themes In Your Stories post at DIY MFA, it’s also one of the first scenes in the story where literary themes can bloom.
How does an inciting incident accomplish this? Click here to read “Developing Themes In Your Stories – Part 6: The Inciting Incident” and find out!
New Worksheet on Inciting Incident Themes
Yup – it’s worksheet time again! The Inciting Incident Themes Worksheet features all three activities discussed in the new DIY MFA post, and is available for you to download, print, and use at home (or wherever you write or brainstorm best) to determine how your story’s inciting incident can demonstrate literary themes.
DIY MFA Wants to Know… What’s Your Storytelling Superpower?
In conjunction with this summer’s DIY MFA book release (yes, our founder Gabriela Pereira is publishing a book!), DIY MFA has launched a special quiz called “What’s Your Storytelling Superpower?” The results offer insight into what kinds of stories and characters you’ll excel at writing. If you have a couple minutes, give this quiz a try and see if you’re a Disruptor, Protector (like me!), Survivor, or Underdog.
Click here to take the Storytelling Superpower Quiz at DIY MFA. And feel free to share your results on social media and comment here when you’re done! I’d love to know what you got. 🙂