weekly writing

Moving past regret

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Hello, Write Edge readers. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about regret in the last week. For those of you keeping up with my posts, particularly particularly last week’s Growth Chart, you’ll know why regret as a concept has been swirling around in my mind. I’ve had some time and distance from the incident that put me on this contemplative path, and I realize that regret is a part of life. It’s inevitable. So maybe all we can do is strive to make the right choices every day and accept whatever regret may come along with those choices. For more on this idea, check out this week’s motivational quote.

I’ve also posted this week’s short story for you, and, again, the characters think and deal with regret. It’s an interesting subject, really, and one that can surprise us even when we think we have a handle on it. Here’s an excerpt:

He twisted the wedding ring I’d put on his finger less than two decades go. “I just…I can’t believe you left me. Do you have any idea how hard this is?”

Of course I did. Just because I didn’t spend every waking—well, okay, every minute with him now didn’t mean I had no clue to his circumstances.

Read the whole story now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop.

In the middle of the week I’ll share a book review of a story that has fascinated people for more than a century. Some might say it, too, should be a tale of regret, although the mystery is to this day still so tightly woven that no one can say for sure. Come back in the middle of the week to find out what I thought of See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt. You’ll find that review on The Write Edge Bookshelf this Wednesday.

On Thursday I’ll post writing prompts for next week’s short fiction, and at the end of the week it’s back to parenting adventures on Growth Chart.

Have a wonderful week, readers!