writing with pen

During this year’s A to Z Challenge, I am writing about my latest novel, Escape Plan by giving you all little snippets about the characters, inspiration, and lessons learned while writing my third novel.

While preparing for this month of posts about Escape Plan, I went back to my notebooks where I wrote the early draft of the novel. It was interesting to see the different ideas I had for the plot and consider how different the novel would have been if I had made different decisions. At one point, I thought about Kitty dealing with the bank foreclosing on her house by burning it down, then crossed that idea out. At another point, I wrote several scenes about Kitty confessing that she murdered her husband to a priest and the ramifications of that admission, then crossed out those pages. I even toyed with the idea of her getting arrested and wiggling her way out of a murder conviction before deciding that I didn’t want a police investigation to interfere with the larger plot. If I had included any of those ideas in the plot, it would have been a very different book.

That got me thinking about the roads not taken in other parts of life. Wouldn’t it be neat to go back and revisit the decisions we’ve made. How would things have turned out differently if you could go back and rewrite the plot of your own life?

Escape Plan by Elizabeth Hein (100x150)To celebrate the release of Escape Plan coinciding with the A to Z Challenge, I am giving away a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card and 3 copies of Escape Plan. All you have to do is leave a comment with a way to reach you when you win.

Also, if you sign-up to receive my newsletter, I will send you a free copy of Overlook, the prequel to Escape Plan.

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