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...

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...

Excessive Alliteration Nay or Yay?

Lucy Leaf / Betsy Bean     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...

Raining Cats and Cats

Lucy Leaf / Betsy Bean     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...

Do Not Disturb. Seriously… Do Not Disturb.

    Ask Lucy Dear 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...

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 Leaf I’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...

The page vs. screen conundrum.

Wise advice from Lucy The page vs. screen conundrum Dear 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?...