In Media Res

In Media Res

by Adam Huddleston


The literary term this week is: in media res. It is a phrase referring to the usage of beginning a story in the middle of a sequence of events. Many tales utilize this, as it puts the reader right into the action. An often used bit of advice is to start your scene as close to the high-point as possible then get out quick. In media res takes this philosophy and applies it to the entire plot. “The Odyssey” and “The Iliad” both use this device.

Although I have yet to utilize this technique to a great extent in my writing, I feel confident in stating that when using it, the writer should be sure to provide a background that engages the reader and drives the story forward. Hope this helps!

Happy writing and have a Merry Christmas!

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