The Inciting Event

Change is constant. Just like the inciting event in a story, some changes open the way for bigger growth. Think about some of the best stories and how the main character changed from the beginning to the end. In many stories, the inciting incident is the moment or event that disrupts the characters’ lives.

In real life, change may happen more frequently and not quite with the same structure of a good story. As I think about and write my characters actions into my current story, I’ve tried to remember that as characters work through the changes, they’ll fail. But like life, each failure can still teach them something about themselves, their environment, or the challenge.

Some changes are permanent. Some challenges make life permanently different. But without the changes and challenges, we may not know how strong we are.

I’m coming to the end of another week. My next book is coming along well, but still in rough draft. Since my day job has really eaten away my time, I have changed things up a little. Rather than writing the rough draft in six to nine weeks, this one has taken a bit longer. But that is okay because I think that will make it even better.

In the same way

Check out some of my other books on Amazon.

My last book, Collected Lives, takes place near the end of the twenty-second century, with vacations and tourism to Earth by off-worlders controlled by major corporations. The largest corporation, Collected Lives, has several enemies. The story follows the events as four people from different portions of Collected Lives’ process are thrown into the middle of a larger problem.

My fantasy, A Map, a Mage, and a Sacrifice, is set in a world with ancient technology where sacrifice of lifeforce brings magical power. The greater the pain and suffering, the greater the magical energy generated. The Forty mages controlling the empire use voluntary sacrifice of the citizens to generate power they use to protect and defend the empire. But their rule may be coming to a close.

Malignance, my third book in my time travel series that began with Resonance and Dissonance, is on Amazon as a kindle and a paperback. That was a fun series to write, and for now, it is completed. I have also placed all three books from that series into one volume titled The Machina of Time.

If you’re looking for a science fiction story, try my book The Promise of Dust, which takes place in a cloud city floating in the atmosphere of Venus. Or Progenitor’s Legacy: Deceit, which takes place many years in the future on a tidally locked world that orbits a red dwarf and has been reached by humanity in their search for the alien progenitors who seeded the galaxy with nano machines.

If a young adult science fiction is more to your liking, check out my series This New Earth, that starts with Demons of a Dead World and Secrets of a Dead World.

If you are looking for a young adult fantasy, check out my book The Threads Unbound.

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