Have you ever wanted to get a new start? Let’s say that a relationship that you’d like to develop began with you saying or doing something dumb. If you could get a do-over, what would change?
Think back to when you began your current career. If you could, would you go back and head in a different direction? If so, why? What choice would you make today?
Just as you might enjoy getting a fresh start, so will your protagonist.
Your task is to imagine a scene that went badly. Write it, in all its gory details. How does your character react to the choices she made? As she reflects, what plan of action does she come up with to change the trajectory of her poor decisions?
Write that as well. Readers will want to suffer with her as she analyzes what she did that’s upsetting and as she attempts to make things right. Details are crucial. Readers want to see her face turn red, hear the pace of her breathing change, feel her tears as she suffers.
When you are finished, reread looking for tension, conflict, reflection and change.
Have fun with this one.