If given an opportunity, which day in your life would you choose to relive?
Is there a time that you said or did something that you regret? If so, what would you do differently? How would this change the outcome?
We all do things that later cause us grief. It might have been a snide comment in response to being treated poorly by a friend or family member. It might have been an act as simple as not dividing the cake into equal portions and giving someone you were angry with the smallest piece. Granted, this is not a huge event, but it speaks to an underlying tension.
Your task is to write from the heart. Recall a situation that, if given a chance, you would do differently. Begin with the scene. Put us in the moment, whether it is a situation at work or an encounter in a coffee shop.
Choose your character. It can be first person or third. If third, keep the character’s actions as close to what really happened as possible.
Put things in motion. Try to recall the things that were said, the emotions, and the reactions.
Think about how you felt after it was over. For how long were you in remorse? Write about that feeling, wishing that it had never happened.
This will not be a fun activity, but one from which you can learn. Your characters say and do things that they should regret.
Good luck with this one!