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Inciting Incident

How to Begin Your Story and Engage Audiences Right Away

By H.R. D’Costa

Copyright 2013 H.R. D’Costa

Version 1.2.1

Cover photo by Zoutedrop is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

PART I: THE FOUR KEY CHARACTERISTICS OF THE INCITING INCIDENT

Key Characteristic #1: It’s Passive

Key Characteristic #2: It Jolts the Hero Out of His Everyday World

Key Characteristic #3: It’s Personal

Key Characteristic #4: It’s Causally Linked to the First Act Break

PART II: WHEN DOES THE INCITING INCIDENT OCCUR?

Rule of Ten

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