Monday, January 9, 2012

En Medias Res

I teach this concept (Latin, for "in the middle of things") at the beginning of my creative writing courses. Because many students (most, actually) don't yet have a grasp on when or how to start. They either start their short stories or novels with wayyyy too much needless back story (info dumps) or with a very confusing action sequence.

This blog entry by Kristen Lamb (click here) is a wonderful examination of "en medias res," loaded with big, rich, relevant examples.

I actually struggle with "en medias res" in my own writing sometimes. I tend to start my stories in the wrong place (usually too early). So, these examples Ms. Lamb gives really resonated with me...

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