In Media, Rest

Books come in all shapes and sizes, as do authors. Books come in all shapes and sizes, as do authors.

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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About NevaBrown

Neva Brown, a retired secondary teacher/administrator, now enjoys the challenge of writing romance novels and doing editing for other romance writers. She has even ventured into the social media world of Facebook, Twitter and Google+ as well as having a website; . Neva lived on West Texas ranches most of her life and uses that culture and environment in many of her stories. She and her husband now live at Rio Concho West in San Angelo, Texas. They are amazed at how well they have adjusted to ‘city’ living. Neva loves to hear from her readers. She can be reached at
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