In your novel, the inciting incident is the first sign of trouble for your protagonist: it’s the catalyst, the chemical reaction, that sets the plot into motion. But the inciting incident isn’t only important for your main character. Understanding how to harness it is also crucial to hooking your reader from the very first page and immediately investing them in the experiences, emotions, and personal struggles of the character.
In this excerpt from Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go by Les Edgerton, you’ll discover that the inciting incident can be used as a trigger to focus the reader on the character’s journey and retain his or her interest throughout the rest of the novel. See More . . .
Let’s use this example to understand what a simile is:
- A simile is a phrase that uses a comparison to describe. For example, “life” can be described as similar to “a box of chocolates.”
- You know you’ve spotted one when you see the words like or as in a comparison.
- Similes are like metaphors. But metaphors aren’t the same as similes. See More . . .