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Are You Struggling to Get Your Story Started?
Do you want to know how to capture a reader's interest within the first 10 pages of your script? In JERRY MAGUIRE, Renée Zellweger famously said, "You had me at 'hello.'" Great scripts (and novels*) do the same. They grip audiences from the very beginning. With the help of the inciting incident, your story can too.
Write a Gripping Story No Reader Can Put Down
If you understand the inciting incident–what it is, why it works, and when it happens–you'll be much closer to writing a gripping script that no reader will be able to put down. It's your secret weapon against the worst writing sin: boring your readers. But the inciting incident can be intimidating. When you're studying successful movies, you may find three (or more scenes) which seem like viable candidates. Sometimes, the inciting incident won't even be shown on-screen! And even if you figure that all out…how do you translate that knowledge and improve your own script?
What You'll Learn about the Inciting Incident
As the saying goes, "you fear what you don't understand." Well, fellow scribe, fear no longer. After you read this clear, comprehensive, fluff-free guide, the inciting incident won't be able to intimidate you anymore. It can’t, not when you’ll know everything about it, including:
the 4 key characteristics of the inciting incidenttips for presenting your hero's “everyday” worldwhen the inciting incident occurs and when it's a wise strategy to keep it off-screenthe connection between the inciting incident and the end of Act Onehow MINORITY REPORT got away with such a delayed inciting incidentthe secret ingredient which made Liam Neeson so appealing in TAKEN and Ryan Reynolds so attractive in THE PROPOSAL (it's not what you think)what conducive conditions are and how to distinguish them from the inciting incidentthe pitfalls of beginning your screenplay with extended prologuestrategies for writing your first 10 pages4 methods to handle the screenplay sequence after the inciting incidenthow the inciting incident can help you edit your scriptthe relationship between the inciting incident and genre3 alternative approaches to the standard action movie inciting incidenthow to choose the best inciting incident if you've come up with multiple options
Like Examples? Me Too!
I’m a big fan of learning by example. So I use plenty of them to illustrate my points. But sometimes examples just aren’t enough. That’s why I’ve also included 10 detailed case studies which should help you put together all the writing secrets you'll learn from this book.
All blockbuster films, the case studies include THE HUNGER GAMES, AIR FORCE ONE, A FEW GOOD MEN, MONSTERS INC., BRAVEHEART, and IT'S COMPLICATED.
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*While all the examples come from movies, this guide can help novelists who are struggling to get their story started.
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Very Useful for Me
7 people found this helpful.
on October 11, 2013
By Nancy S. Drew
As the title indicates, the focus is on structure, primarily the inciting incident for the main plot of a screenplay. Or in my case, story. While I know WHAT an inciting incident is, what it does, what its purpose serves, I wanted examples. The author gives those a’plenty, and goes into detail as to why the writer might have chosen this incident, and even what could’ve happened in a couple of cases, if the writer had chosen another. The book goes into detail though about how an inciting incident can be constructed, what to look for, and why. I found I learned a great deal more from the book than I expected. This included a Chapter on What Happens after the Inciting Incident. I enjoyed the writer’s voice; it came across professional, but still candidly as though reading an extended blog article.I thought it was a little short for the price, but then again, I did get a lot more out of it than I had hoped. Nothing really bad to say about it, then!
Very well done – packs a punch!
7 people found this helpful.
on August 28, 2013
This is a very useful short book that was exactly what I needed as a new screenwriter. H.R. D’Costa goes beyond explaining the importance of the inciting incident as an antidote to reader boredom and continues into what should happen throughout the rest of Act I and beyond. I really like how it is explained that the moments right after the incident inform the other acts, particularly act III. It also fits well with the other theory I’ve read from popular story structure authors. This was well worth $4 – priced right to be sure. Glad I found it!
Brilliant author with so much to offer…..don’t miss out on this read!
2 people found this helpful.
on September 19, 2013
By Janice Cook
H.R. D’Costa has crafted a work of art in this book. If you want to produce a screenplay with that something special, you’ll want this inspiring work. I have been fortunate enough to take an in-person class with the author, and it was AMAZING!! I hope there’s another book waiting in the wings! Enjoy!
This is a real eye-opener
2 people found this helpful.
on September 3, 2013
By Gerard Murray
I would highly recommend this book. If you don’t understand the “inciting incident” after reading this book, then you never will. It describes the topic in a no-nonsense manner. Very refreshing indeed.
This guide was so helpful in allowing me to understand …
on April 23, 2016
By Avid Reader
This guide was so helpful in allowing me to understand what was already written in my novel as I prepare it for a screenplay. Although it is stressed not to spend too much time on the subject of Inciting Incident, it was also made very clear that it’s a critical part of the screenplay. After reading the throughly explained process, I understood exactly what my Inciting Incident needed to be. Thank you, H. R. D’Costa for your insight. I look forward to reading more of your helpful tips!
on August 22, 2016
By Kevin Furlin
Another helpful book by H.R. D’Costa. The author does a fine job of defining what the Inciting Incident is and gives plenty of examples taken from popular movies. I learned more than I thought I would from this concise but well-written book. I recommend it for anyone who wants a better grasp of story construction.
Helped me Refocus
on March 15, 2016
By Allen G. Bagby
This book helped me refocus. After a blistering write-through of the first draft of the second book of my saga, Creed of Kings, I didn’t feel the ending was escalating the way I wanted. Story Climax helped me come up with lots of ideas on how fortify Act III. Now back to the drawing board. Looking forward to rewrite.
Creating Exciting Incitings
on February 9, 2016
By John Wasley
I found the detail in this book highly valuable in helping me to smarten up the beginning chapters of my WIP novel. While it is aimed at screenwriting, there is much to be learned from the ideas outlined that are very applicable to novel writing. Thanks H.R. for a great path to help uplift a book from the first few scenes.
Added to my keeper shelf
on August 18, 2015
By Haxxan Dreams
I bought the other guides by H.R. D’Costa and found them helpful, so I bought this book to round out the set. I thought I was already clear on the inciting incident of a novel and how to create one, but the author really peels back the layers to show why they work. A fantastic guide with plenty of examples.
You need this book if yoiu want a career in Hollywood
on July 9, 2015
By Red Head 918
Super helpful. I have been writing for 20 years and this book still was really helpful. I have it on my IPad so I can dial it up and read whenever I have some spare time. Keeps things fresh in my mind. Get this. It’s one of your essential books for writing
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