| Ten minutes into their first encounter, Eric and Sarah toasted to never giving up on their dreams. This promise has been the guiding light of their relationship ever since. Well, that and love, children, a passion for forest walking, and a few hundred other things.
They are well matched in their skills. Sarah is a Harvard and Bennington graduate who teaches English to people like Eric who can’t spell worth “beenz.” In turn, Eric with a degree in Biotechnology helps Sarah navigate the ever technical world. When they hash out novels together it sounds like this:
“Eric, you can’t start with your character being such a loser; it’s depressing and nobody really cares what he’s talking about. Over here, this part’s great, but this paragraph needs work. Better word choice here…and that’s a dangling modifier.”
“But my character grows. What’s a dangling modifier? Okay, about your book, the first section is solid, I cried like five times–not that I cry, but after that you fly off into outer space. And a lock pick doesn’t look like a key, and you actually use two parts of the set at once. This key issue is a complicated problem, so let me think about a solution.”
“I’ll listen, but I’m writing it. Let’s get back to the problem of your story, which is supposed to be a romance. You’re not writing about science here, so why don’t you say the couple is well matched, not ‘symbiotic.’”
And so on and so forth…