Search Results for: pinch points

Bell Jar Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar

Book: By Sylvia Plath. Inciting Event: After losing focus during her paid internship with a famous woman’s magazine, during her summer break from college, Esther is confronted by the editor about her future—and she passively resists the choices open to her as a woman. The structural turning point here is subtle and best seen in […]

3 10 to Yuma Glenn Ford Van Heflin 1957

3:10 to Yuma (1957)

Movie: Directed by Delmer Daves. Inciting Event: Desperate ranch owner Dan Evans escorts marooned stage line owner Mr. Butterfield towards Bisbee, Arizona, where they encounter a posse chasing after outlaw Ben Wade, who held up the stage. They realize Wade is still back in Bisbee, and since Evans has business there anyway (attempting to borrow […]

Moby Dick Herman Melville

Moby Dick

Book: By Herman Melville. Inciting Event: The nominal main character Ishmael signs on aboard the Nantucket whaler Pequod and hears the first rumblings about the strange Captain Ahab. Everything up to this point has been setup, before finally brushing Ishmael (and the readers) up against what will be the main conflict created by this very […]

fantastic beasts and where to find them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Movie: Directed by David Yates. Inciting Event: When Newt is arrested by disgraced investigative officer Tina, his magical case is accidentally exchanged for the case full of donuts, belonging to the “No-Mag” Jacob Kowalski. As a result, he is released by Graves and the head of MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States), who have […]

March 2015 | Podcast Episode Archive

Subscribe to the Helping Writers Become Authors podcast on Apple Podcast or Amazon Music. March 2015 Ep. 248: What Are Pinch Points? And How Can They Make Your Book Easier to Write?: Ep. 247: Your Book’s Inciting Event: It’s Not What You Think It Is: The trouble with identifying the Inciting Event is that the […]

Top 3 Ways to Rivet Readers with Plot Twists

Top 10 Ways to Rivet Readers with Plot Reveals

Today, I’m going to show you how to make stuff happen in your story. Duh, right? What could be easier? You put characters on the page, they dance around, stuff happens. Mission accomplished. Except if you’re not using plot reveals to execute all this happenin’ stuff, your readers may end up bored anyway. What are plot reveals? […]

How to Structure Your Story’s Outline (How to Outline for NaNoWriMo, Pt. 7)

Story outline and story structure—are they different terms describing the same thing? This is a question I frequently receive, and the answer is, “No, they’re completely different concepts and tools.” But learning how to structure your story’s outline is a crucial part of the preparation process. So what’s the difference between outlining and structuring? Outlining is a process, in […]

Treasure Planet

Treasure Planet

Movie: Directed by Ron Clements, Jon Musker. Inciting Event: After Billy Bones crash lands outside the Ben Bow Inn—owned by Jim Hawkins’s mother—pirates arrive. Billy gives Jim a strange golden sphere, then dies. The pirates burn down the inn, and Jim, his mother, and their friend Dr. Doppler escape. This is a delightful Inciting Event: […]

Sign for the 3 Missing Pieces of Stunning Story Structure Webinar

The 3 Missing Pieces of Stunning Story Structure webinar is now available for sign up! This 90-minute presentation, hosted by Writer’s Digest, will be live online on September 15th, at 1 PM EDT (although, once you sign up, you can listen or re-listen anytime you want for up to a year). I’ll be talking story structure, answering live […]

8 Reasons Every Author Should Learn Story Theory

7 Reasons You Need Story Theory

Just as in fiction itself, the writer’s life is marked by several major turning points–perhaps the most important of which is discovering story theory. In the story of your writing life, the Hook, of course, is that moment when you find yourself entranced with your first story idea. Maybe you were three years old–as I […]