The writing craft books mention that the Inciting Incident is instrumental in snagging the readers’ attention and keeping them hooked on to the rest of the story wondering whether the Main Character will achieve his or her purpose.
On the basis of this theory I am sure my book will lose out, as I have a little world building and setting up the character’s background in the first 3 chapters.
When I came across a post by former Literary Agent Nathan Bransford in which he talks about the need to have the Inciting Incident occur by the first 50 pages, I heaved a huge sigh of relief. Nathan mentions that if the Inciting Incident takes longer than that to occur, then the readers’ attention will wane and patience with the pace of the story will decline, and this does not augur well for the story or the writer.
For me personally, I would like to know a little about the character, start caring for him or her before I am plunged deep into trouble along with the character. I need to see the character in his or her background before changes threaten him or her.
I would like to ask you all, both as writers and readers, that at what point should the Inciting Incident occur. I am sure there is no ideal time; for each story the need for the Inciting Incident’s arrival is different. What do you all consider the correct time for the occurrence of the Inciting Incident, especially for Middle Grade fiction which I write? Please help me out by sharing your thoughts.