Monday, October 02, 2006

In Media Res

(At least that's how I think you spell it.) It means, begin the story in the middle, at some really interesting point in the action. Then, once you have the reader hooked, fill in some of the background. Then move on to the story's dramatic -- or inevitable -- or wrenching -- or heartwarming -- conclusion.

It's an old technique, but tried and true.

Examine some of your favorite tales. Where does the story begin? When you find yourself relating a bit of the story to someone else, WHERE in the time sequence is the bit you relate?

-- Rachel Holmen

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