Friday 13 January 2017

Writing The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts: Part Three

I decided to keep a little diary while writing The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts, so I thought I'd share it here on the blog during the run-up to publication.

First Draft:
Week 3

 Day 15:

Usually, at around 30,000 words, I hit the my-writing-is-so-poop-how-am-I-going-to-write-a-whole-novel slump. I’m at just over 10k and I’m already there. I know where I need to take the story but I can’t seem to find the words to get there while making it interesting. I’m going to jot down some notes about the chapter I’m in the middle of and hopefully push myself through this stage. Wish me luck!

[Some time later]

I got through the chapter! Woo! It’s all going to be plain-sailing from now on, right?

Day 18:

Today I reached the end of the first ten chapters of The Sweetest Kiss*, so I’ve sent them off to my editor to see if they’re on the right track. I’ve been enjoying getting to know Maddie and her friends and I can’t wait to find out more about them, especially Caleb. I’m also quite enjoying writing about cake – though it does make me hungry!

Day 20:

School finished for the summer yesterday, so for next seven weeks I have to squeeze as much writing time in whenever possible. Which is why I’m sitting at my desk on a Saturday evening to get a few words in!

Day 20 (later):

I really enjoyed writing the latest chapter tonight. The words seemed to flow and I’ve managed almost 3,000 words. It’s a relief after the early slump a few chapters ago!

Typos this week:

Rubber dick
[Not quite the bath toy I was aiming for. Hilarious though]

Word Count: 21,960

* The Sweetest Kiss was the working title of The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts

From fairy cakes to first dates!

Maddie Lamington’s dreams are crumbling around her. If she doesn’t come up with a plan to save her little teashop on Sweet Street soon, it might be too late…

So when she sees how the perfect apple crumble brings together her lonely father and faithful customer Birdie, inspiration strikes: she’ll set up a dating night involving all her sweetest bakes.

Luckily, seriously gorgeous Caleb is on hand to help sprinkle a little magic – and a lot of sugar! Could one night of scrumptious first dates fix Maddie’s heartbreak and save her beloved teashop, too?

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