How to Use Prologues, Part 9, In Media Res

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Hi SErs! It’s a day of Harmony here at Story Empire 🙂 Today, I’d like to talk about using In Media Res in a prologue. Here’s a link to the previous post on Outsider’s Reports in Prologues.

How do you write an In Media Res prologue, and do it well?

NOTE: In Media Res is from the Latin for ‘In the midst of things.’ In the case of a prologue, In Media Res starts the story without any introduction …

  • In Media Res opens in the middle of the action.
  • The purpose of an In Media Res prologue is to inspire intense curiosity in the reader by slamming them into the midst of an action-packed, emotionally charged moment.
  • Such a prologue is good for sensation-focused narratives such as erotica and horror. It also works well with westerns, spy thrillers, war chronicles…

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4 thoughts on “How to Use Prologues, Part 9, In Media Res

  1. Hi Chris, Hope you are well. Thanks for sharing this, never heard of this before. But then there is so much I dont know about writing. I actually follow Harmony – so this appeared twice in the reader. I have been a bit AWOL lately from blogging – trying to get back into the swing of things from reading, connecting and doing my own blog post. Happy Wednesday. Regards bella



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