In Media Res is a valuable tool for any author. Starting your story in the middle of an action scene sets it up as fast paced, instantly has a bit of mystery to hook the reader, and saves you the pain of figuring out how much back story to throw out with the first over-thought line. Done right it's interesting. Done wrong it's a migraine.

I don't like to pick on many other authors because much of our opinions on their work are merely just that: opinions. I have no wish to start a war, but some...

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