Lucy Leaf / Betsy Bean

 

 

Lucy Leaf and Betsy Bean

Words of Wisdom

 

Stage Directions in a novel?

  Ask Lucy!  Lucy, My editor has several margin comments about "stage directions." I'm not writing a play, it's a novel. What does she mean by too many stage directions?Sincerely, Befuddled     Dearest Befuddled, Your lovely editor is merely...

How many tea bags does it take to fill a cup?

  Ask Lucy!  Dear Lucy, How many tea bags? I am quarantined with my college-age daughter, and she always uses two tea bags instead of one.  I've asked her to please conserve our precious supply, but she keeps “forgetting.” My tea is running out quickly. What...

Excessive Alliteration Nay or Yay?

  Ask Lucy!  Dear Lucy, I love excessive alliteration, okay maybe just a healthy dose of alliteration. Sometimes I'm not even aware I've done it until I see all the highlighted words from my editor. But why is it frowned upon in my fiction? Pondering Penny...

Raining Cats and Cats

Raining Cats   Dear Lucy: It's raining cats at my house! I’ve got a stack of new urban fantasy books to read, but my cat keeps climbing on my tea table, then leaping onto my lap, right on top of the open pages. How am I supposed to escape into this great story?...

Do Not Disturb. Seriously… Do Not Disturb.

   Ask LucyDear Lucy Do Not Disturb doesn't work anymore! I am trying to get moving on my first novel, but I can’t seem to get past a brief outline. Either my mind is everywhere else, there are too many interruptions, or I can’t stop scrolling on social...

Missing that Holiday Madness?

Ask Lucy your question here.Missing that Holiday Madness   Dear Lucy, I miss the holiday madness. After months (and months and months) of being in quarantine (and ore months), the one thing I miss the most is being in a crowded store. Even though being around...

Drive-thru coffee in the time of quarantine.

Ask Lucy LeafI've brewed up a pot of Scottish breakfast tea, and I'm percolating with all kinds of advice and wisdom for you. Send in your question from the contact form below. Read on for questions from Lucy's fans.Dear Lucy, I miss drive-thru coffee. I’ve been...

The page vs. screen conundrum.

Wise advice from LucyThe page vs. screen conundrumDear Lucy:My partner always wants to watch television while I'm enjoying the next book on my TBR shelf. How can I share the appreciation of a good story from actual pages instead of from a flat screen? Sincerely,A...

Email Lucy Leaf or Betsy Bean

15 + 7 =

Lucy Leaf and Betsy Bean

Author Interviews

Brave authors stop by for an interview to share writing tips and browser histories. And they bring strange gifts: a turtle, a mansion, and a yacht!

Guest Posts

Read what authors have to say about writing, reading, and strange things they have on their desks.