Every now and then try writing a story in which your protagonist is faced with an extremely difficult decision. Think life-altering.
For example, what if one of his children was accused of murder? And he knew that the child was innocent? Would the father confess to the crime to save the kid?
Perhaps a good friend needs a kidney transplant and your character is a good match. However, your character has some complications that makes the surgery a bit risky.
Your task is to write a story in which a tough decision has to be made. Choose something that has serious outcomes, perhaps even life-threatening. What’s important is to make the stakes so high that he has to weigh the options.
Dialogue is important so that readers see discussions being made, questions being asked and answered and the social dynamics involved.
The story can be realistic based on research you’ve done, or fantasy, in another place and time.
Make the tension clear, palpable.
Have fun with this one.