Friday 27 January 2017

Writing The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts: Part Seven

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 7

Day 43:

I’m at my desk. Writing hasn’t happened yet. Must. Catch. Up.

Day 44:

50k, baby!

Day 44:

I’ve set myself a 3,000 words target for today. Let’s see if I can reach it…


Did it! I wrote the 3,000 words I was aiming for – 3,088, to be precise. I’m edging closer to my original goal for this week (I should be at 60,000 but I’m just over 53,000). If I can get a few more 3,000-words-a-day done, I’ll be on track again!

Day 46:

3,000 words, Day 2 – let’s do this!


1,600 words down, 1,400 to go…

[Even later]:

Word count for the day: 3,062 – woo!

Day 47

So I’m now 4,000 words away from the target I wanted to reach this week (60,000) words. I have the weekend to do this in and although I have plans for most of today (Saturday), I’m confident I can do it – as long as there are no more illnesses!

Day 48:

60,000 words!!! I’ve done it! There were no illness, no major distractions, just words. I’ve managed to write almost 15,000 words this week, meaning I’ve caught up with the 10,000 words per week of the school summer holidays goal I set myself! Now I just need to keep up with the word count for a couple more weeks and I’ll have a first draft!

P.S. Sorry about all those exclamation marks. I’m just excited and super-proud that I’m back on track.

Words behind schedule: Big. Fat. Zero.

Word Count: 60,021

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?


  1. I have absolutely loved reading this journey you are taking us on. It is very inspirational. May get my physical members of my writing group to start keeping a diary of their progress. (Hope you don't mind?). Looking forward to the next instalment. :o)

    1. Hi Sharon, so glad you're enjoying the diary - I am too! It's been great looking back at all my worries (that I'm having again with the book I'm writing at the moment) and knowing it all worked out!

      I haven't kept a diary this time, but will be in future as it's been a great help looking back and seeing how far I've come so I'd definitely recommend keeping one :)


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