I was induced for the first time a couple of weeks ago with DD3 and it was my smoothest birth yet overall. I to was scared beforehand. I went in 4cms dilated but her head was to high so they didn't want to break my waters and risk cord prolapse, the plan was to insert gel hopefully starting contractions that were enough to move her head down. Then they would break my waters and put in a drip as they said breaking the waters would not be enough on its own.
So I had gel in at about 8pm, overnight and in the morning I had some light cramps and backache but definitely not labour, there were noticable but not painful. Her head was still high in their morning so more gel was meant to be done but the birth rooms were full so it was postponed. DH and I spent the next few hours walking and climbing the five flights of stairs twice. The cramps then got a bit painful and DD's head finally dropped. I was then taken to birth suite and my waters were broken but no drip put in and DD was born 25 minutes later. I was able to have wireless monitoring so I could move around which was great as I find everything hurts more on the bed!
The lady sharing the room with me overnight when I had the gel was also being induced and had the gel in at the same time as me, she was unfavourable, high, posterior and closed, and she went into proper labour at 2am that night.
Also, with my first I was told I was totally unfavourable after an internal exam and would not go into labour yet I went into labour just a couple of days later.