IN MEDIAS RES

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24 Sep

IN MEDIAS RES

Today we learned about in medias res, a literary technique where the author begins the story in the middle of the action, rather than beginning at the beginning.  We looked at five examples of novels that begin in medias res: Everything You Need to Know to Survive the Apocalypse by Lucas Klauss, All the Right Stuff by Walter Dean Myers, Panic by Sharon Draper, Hive by Mark Walden, and The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. Then we used a character building exercise to develop a protagonist (main character). Your assignment this week is to write the first scene of a short story and to begin  (yes, you guessed it!) in medias res.  That means, begin in the middle of a dramatic moment or exciting moment.  Hook your reader!  Don’t worry about explaining the backstory yet, just get going.  But as you’re writing, invest your descriptions with lots of sensory details so your reader can picture what’s happening.  You may use the protagonist you created, or you can save that character for a different piece. Or, if you have another writing idea that you would like to work on instead, go for it! Aim to make your scene about two pages long, but it’s okay if it’s a little shorter or a little longer. If you want to look back at the examples I showed you in class, you can read them at the links above.  If you have any questions about this assignment or anything else, feel free to email me at reuther.kate@gmail.com Best, Kate

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