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๐Ÿ’ฅ Nanowrimo Day 4: The inciting incident
๐Ÿ’ฅ Nanowrimo Day 4: The inciting incident

What to write for NaNoWriMo today, based on the classic 3-act story structure.

Updated over a week ago

This week, you're taking your characters from their current day-to-day life to their decision to go after their external goal.

What to write todayโ€‹

Today, you're beginning to write the inciting incident [5000โ€“6668 words]:

  • Set up your inciting incident by first establishing something important to the protagonist that the inciting incident will threaten. This will be the ultimate reason they decide to do something following the inciting incident, so it's important to first show us what the stakes are.

  • Use this opportunity to make us like your protagonist even more: add humor, and show their kindness/soft spot.

  • Start to show us signs that the inciting incident is coming, and that all may not be well (you'll write the actual event tomorrow).

Want a different sort of prompt? Write a scene in which someone tells a lie and gets away with it. ๐Ÿคฅ

Update your running editorial note

At the end of the day make a note of any off-course deviations, potential inconsistencies, areas to research further, or moments of inspiration to revisit when you edit in December/January.

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