In medias res: the Odessey

In Medias Res

‘Starting the story in the middle’: that’s the Latin term in medias res. The Greek playwrights understood it well. Don’t start with a boatload of exposition, get into the action and explain things as you go. Horace named it but writers have been using it since writing began.

The Essential Short Guide to PRINCE2® pages

New: Essential Short Guide to PRINCE2®

The non-fiction output continues with a  new Essential Short Guide to PRINCE2® e-book. Sub-titled Introducing PRojects IN Controlled Environments, this guide is aimed at newcomers to the PRINCE2 project management framework. After three decades of project-based working, this is as much a critique as an entry-level how-to guide.

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Ten-step Fictional Empire-builders’ Checklist

In the current fantasy-fiction challenge, our protagonist is in revolt against the Evil Empire de Jour. Which raised the question, what goes onto our fictional empire-builders’ checklist? With inspiration from the Mythcreants blog, here’s a ten-step questionnaire for creating detailed and credible Imperial powers.

Twenty Characters to Start a Book

Twenty Characters to Start a Book?

According to Christine Frazier’s Better Novel Project you need twenty characters to start a book. Her post advocates this as an essential kick-starter for pop-fiction. It cites first chapters for Harry Potter and The Hunger Games (19 each) and Twilight (24). Even generalising for genre-fiction, twenty characters in Chapter One seems a bit much.