Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Lesson: The Inciting Event

What is the event that starts it all for your story? Is it a bomb that devastates an area or is it a woman’s proclamation to her boyfriend or the world? Do you have an inciting event?

While you think about it, let’s start with a definition.

Incite: To provoke an action; to stir up. (The American Heritage Dictionary).

That makes sense, doesn’t it? If a story is a series of stimuli and reactions, you have to have something to start it all, right?

The inciting event sets up how the chain reaction of events and emotions evolve through your characters.

Let’s look at a couple of examples:

An obvious one from a great writer is the event in The Survivors Club by Lisa Gardner: A sniper waits to shoot his prey. He succeeds. Then, he, too, is murdered.

The Pact by Jodi Picoult: One short paragraph that describes the shooting during a teenage suicide pact.

It’s not hard to have characters respond to these type of incidents. The inciting event doesn’t have to be as dramatic as the above examples.

If you’re writing romance, the Harlequin website discusses the inciting event in their “Learn to Write” area. Click here and read "Acting Up: The Three Act Structure."

BKB :-)

Monday, July 21, 2008

In Progress . . . Week 1

Here's my current WIPs:

Wife for A Candidate (Contemp. Series)


A Capitol Compromise (Contemp. Series)


Guillermo's List (Mainstream)-- Rewrite#3


Instead of posting these at the bottom of the blog, I am going to post them once a week to show my progress.

BKB :-)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Here We (I) Go Again!

Mills&Boon is having another contest. The target for this contest is for their Modern Heat line. If you haven't read this line, I suggest you do. It is absolutely wonderful and enticing. I know I am in for a fun read when I pick one of the books up. Two of the authors are up for RITAs this year.

Since this was the line I was trying to target with the Instant Seduction contest, I will be entering again.

Details of the contest are here.

Good luck to everyone who enters!

BKB :-)