The Inciting Incident Incident

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Once a long time ago a person I met online asked me to be his writing partner and we agreed we’d try to write a fantasy story about his character, a swordsman, and mine, an archer, trying to stop a giant monster from terrorising a kingdom.

He asked me to go first, so, thinking chronologically, I wrote a few thousands words about this monster tracking down a innocent pair of children and devouring them.

When I handed it over to him, he read it and laughed.

“What is this?” he said. “I thought we were writing about our characters attacking the monster!”

“It’s the set up,” I said. “You know, the inciting incident?”

He laughed again, bewildered, and that was the end of our partnership.