The original idea for this story dates back to 2014 and I wrote the first draft in 2015. Back then, it was called LIZ + ZAC. This cast of characters is one of my all-time favorites and I could honestly write a whole series about them at this point because they’ve been living in my head this entire time. I queried L+Z to agents in 2018 and was disappointed overall.
2020, as we all remember, was a true dumpster-fire year. One of the few things that went well for me was that it was a year of plot bunnies. I got a brainwave about completely revamping L+Z. The characters were relatively the same but the story would be 100% different. I tried to NaNo a revamp in 2020. I fiddled with it again in fall of 2021 and returned during NaNo 2021.
I have yet to actually complete a new draft.
There are a lot of things I really like about it, but I think I’m still trying to figure out what story I’m really trying to tell. I think because Liz and friends have been in my head so long at this point, there’s so much I could do, and I have to zero in and make it an actual story.
I’ve had the book STORY GENIUS sitting on my TBR pile this entire year. From what I’ve skimmed so far and from what I know about the method, I think it could work well with my little pantser brain and help me figure out what this story actually *is*.
My plan is to read Story Genius in July and do the prompts and exercises for Liz and friends and figure out WHAT THIS BOOK IS ACTUALLY ABOUT.
I’m not going to worry about the actual re-writing in July. Maybe I’ll do some re-writing, maybe I won’t. But where I last left this book off, I was at 52k and fam I still don’t have a cohesive pitch for it. By the end of July, not only will I have a cohesive pitch, but I will have enough direction that if I haven’t already started re-writing, I’ll be prepared to do so!
** Read ~3 chapters of Story Genius each week and try all of the corresponding action steps/prompts.
**Be able to write a clear pitch for FALLING ON THIN ICE
**Have enough direction to be able to actually fix and finish this draft so other people (
An old aesthetic for it...
a tweet I saw recently that perfectly describes what I want I think I want to do - "stubborn, burned by love ice queen heroines finding their happily ever afters with partners who worship the ground they walk on and who slowly breakdown their walls"
also: elite figure skating, secrets, "it could've been a rom com but then...", Call it What You Want by T Swift