All good things, including (hopefully!) your story, have to begin somewhere. On its most basic level, the plot has to have a beginning, middle, and ending. The beginning of the story features the introduction of characters, the central conflict that will drive the entire story, perhaps additional spinoff conflicts for a longer story. There needs to be something that happened, what is called an inciting incident, to put the story into motion and get the main character moving to deal with this conflict. The conflict is what will help drive the suspenseful, humorous, sad, or riveting moments in the story involving the protagonist, the antagonist, and other major and minor characters along the way.