February 14, 2019


       I feel that this award was not made to me as a man but to my work--a life's work in the agony and sweat of the human spirit, not for the glory and least of all for the profit, but to create out of the materials of human spirit something which did n...

February 12, 2019

   “There's no absolute rule about when you should use dialogue and when you shouldn't, but here's a good generalization:  If a stranger were nearby, would you try to eavesdrop on the conversation?  If the answer is no, don't use the dialogue. If the answer is yes, use...

February 3, 2019

A story doesn’t take place in a void, the action must take place somewhere. The setting is the laboratory in which to study your protagonist. Setting can be used for background, to create appropriate atmosphere, as a means of revealing the character, and reinf...

January 29, 2019

A story is usually told through the mind of one or more character. It’s known as the story’s point of view (POV). The reader is only allowed to know what the POV character perceives and experiences.

Author intrusion is when the author invades the story, telling the rea...

January 24, 2019

Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie. 

Let's get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. 

Richard Lutman .
Fiona: Where are you from? 

Currently, I live in Myrtle Beach, SC. Before that Vermont and Rhode Island.


January 16, 2019

Point of view is the most difficult decision the short story writer has to make. It can be very complicated.  Simply put--WHO tells the story from WHERE in the story. Who speaks? To whom? In what form? At what distance from the action. Wi...

January 11, 2019

Received the paperback of my collection for my final approval. Can't quite describe what it felt like to finally hold the book after seven plus years of working on it. 

Back and front covers are beautifully done. Excellent design throughout. A close read of the collect...

January 3, 2019

    Use of Flashbacks:

    The use of flashbacks is to be discouraged when writing short fiction.  Nothing stops forward momentum better than a flashback.  If you use a   flashback, tell The story in the flashback itself.


December 27, 2018

As I discussed earlier anything that stops your story’s forward momentum needs to be examined. Italics and white space (double drops) if used incorrectly can easily stop the momentum. 

Italics are generally used to emphasize a word or the interior thoughts of a charact...

December 18, 2018

Forward momentum in the short story is usually overlooked in books and articles about techniques. For me it's equally important as the other well known techniques. Because of the length of a short story it doesn’t take much to slow it down and and weaken your story....

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