Blasphemy! We’re novelists with books to sell and we must be tweeting, posting, blogging… it’s the golden rule of marketing in this digital world. [Myth!]
“In medias res” is the golden rule for novelists and storytellers of every venue. It’s an adverb, a literary technique that means :
into the middle of a narrative; without preamble.
“having begun his story in medias res, he then interrupts it”
into the midst of things.
Novelists know this golden rule so well that they’ve forgotten the term was coined in the 18th century and related to the oral tradition as the printed form of books was still being typeset by monks with quills on parchment. The meaning of “In medias res” has been redefined only slightly, though it is stated in variety of ways, and is still a literary device that instructs…
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