There’s a difference between the first thing that happens in your story and the thing that becomes the inciting incident.
Write a story in which your main character is going along doing whatever it is he/she does. Very quickly, someone else walks into the scene. This person imparts news of great importance to the character (someone is dead/has been fired/is coming/has escaped/something).
NOW write the inciting incident: Continue reading “[Writing Prompt] Inciting Incident”