Start with the Incident

by Tim Kane

A great way to begin writing a new story is to start with the incident. Instead of planning till the passion dies, find that one crucial scene that sets everything off and start from there. You’ll need a few things to make this happen.

Know Your Characters
You need to have at least a starting idea of the characters involved. Since you’re starting with no plotting, the characters will drive the story.

Have a Compelling Incident
You’ll need something earth shattering to kick off the story. At the very least, something that shakes up your character’s worldview. You need an event that jars your characters from their normal life.

Go as Far as You Can
Keep writing until you can’t figure out what else to do. This might be a few pages or it might be a quarter of your book. Then start plotting. At least now you’ll have some characters and the passion will still burn fresh.


About Tim Kane

Tim Kane is a young adult fiction writer.
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4 Responses to Start with the Incident

  1. It’s a good idea, to start with a critical scene in order to build momentum in writing. I should try it with my next story.

  2. This is exacty how I currenty write. The inspiration for a story comes from the first words typed and can propel me for a quarter to half a story, then I work on figuring out how to close it all up and make it mean something.

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