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Inciting Incident

Inciting Incident

The event or circumstance that sets the main plot of a story in motion, disrupting the protagonist's ordinary life and prompting them to embark on a journey or face a conflict.

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Anti-climax
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Chekhov's Gun
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Climax
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Dan Harmon's Story Circle
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Designing Principle
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Dramatic Question
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Dues Ex Machina
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Epilogue
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Exposition
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Falling Action
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Fichtean Curve
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Flashback
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Foreshadowing
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Freytag's Pyramid
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Hero's Journey
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Macguffin
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Midpoint
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Non-Linear Stories
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Plot Line
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Prologue
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Red Herring
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Resolution
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Rising Action
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Scene
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Simile
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