In Medias Res

I meant to share this post by my friend Roger weeks ago because I enjoyed his illustrative description of a writing device called In Medias Res. It’s something I’d like to try as it lands you at a different point in the story than the beginning. My plan is to rework one of my existing pieces using this format to see how it works. Enjoy this piece and if you haven’t visited Roger’s blog yet, you absolutely must!

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In Medias Res
Wednesday Workshop
12 April 2017

In medias res is Latin for in the middle of things or in the middle of the story. It is a device from classical literature, going back to Homer, that allows the narrator to start the tale half way through, to return to the beginning to show what has happened leading up to the current situation, then to end the tale in suitable fashion with all the necessary details now in place.

In some ways it’s a bit like the arrival of a pizza from a new pizza home delivery service. You are hungry, you make the phone call, you order the pizza, and then you sit and you wait. The doorbell rings and the dog comes rushing out of nowhere and barks at the delivery man who stands there with his delivery bag in which the pizza nestles comforting and…

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