Monday, September 17, 2018

How to Plot Your Novel's First Plot Point

5 Popular Examples of the Signup

The Signup is also known as the catalyst or the inciting incident. It's when the main character encounters an event that begins the story. Without this particular event, the story would never have happened. If your friend never signed you up for the local 5k, you wouldn't have run in it. That's the Signup.

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

The inciting incident, catalyst, or Signup of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark is when the U.S. government informs Indiana Jones that the Nazis are seeking the Ark of the Covenant in Cairo and they ask him to go after it himself. He never would have if they didn't ask him to, but especially since the Nazis were hunting it too.


The first plot point (The Signup) of Anastasia is when Anya is 8 years old at the ball, and the evil Sorcerer, Rasputin, arrives interrupting the celebration. The story then cuts to 10 years later.

The Bourne Identity

The first essential plot point of The Bourne Identity is when Jason Bourne discovers his IDs at the Zurich bank and realizes he has no memory of his an entire past life.

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

The first plot point in A.I. is when a humanoid robot named David (a Mecha prototype) is given to Henry and Monica Swinton when their son, Martin, contracts a rare disease.

Hotel Transylvania

The Signup of the popular children's movie, Hotel Transylvania, is when the human, Jonathan, is on a hike and accidentally discovers the monster hotel. If he hadn't discovered it, the movie would never have started.

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What's the Signup of a book or movie you have recently read or watched? Share in the comments!

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