No one wants to hear how you got up, brushed your teeth, found you forgot to take your clothes out of the dryer last night so you had to start it again to knock the wrinkles out, called you dad…
No. They want to skip straight to the part here you’re…
Screaming down the highway at 100 miles an hour, sirens wailing behind you in the distance. Your stomach is in knots from the wild exhilaration over what just happened, and there’s a gnawing fear you know will haunt you for the rest of your life.
See what I just did there?
I started in the middle of the action.
What happened? Why are the police after me? What will haunt me for the rest of my days?
(That’s between me and my maker, FYI.)
“In medias res” is a classic trick for getting and keeping attention.
By skipping over the dull stuff, and getting right to where the going gets good, you’ll craft a delicious word cocktail people can’t bear to tear themselves away from.
Have you ever done something like this in writing?
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Start in the middle of the action
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