by Angela Bourassa At his recent STORY Seminar in Los Angeles, Robert McKee talked quite a bit about the inciting incident. The inciting incident is the moment in your story where your main character's life goes out of balance. It's the moment when their life gets flipped upside down, forcing them to make a choice.... Continue Reading →
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Every story needs one, but it can be one of the most misunderstood elements in scriptwriting. It’s called by many names – catalyst, initiating beat, and inciting incident are just a few. How well you can engage the viewer in that exact moment often determines whether a reader will keep turning... Continue Reading →
Erik Bork has written an excellent article in which he discusses his creative process and lists 15 types of inciting incidents, including films that they occur in.