In Medias Res/Quotes

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Homer doesn't begin the Trojan War with Leda's twin eggs: he always rushes toward the outcome, and he carries the listener along with him into the middle of things, just as if they were familiar.
Horace
You hit the ground running

Most epic poets plunge in medias res
(Horace makes this the heroic turnpike road),
And then your hero tells when'er you please
What went before by way of episode,

While seated after dinner at his ease,

Beside his mistress in some soft abode,

Palace, or garden, paradise, or cavern,

Which serves the happy couple for a tavern.
Start as late in the story as possible.
Writing proverb