Since “Then Comes Marriage” is a novella, the writing wasn’t that intensive. Bill and I agreed upon a loose outline before we began, then I wrote my “woman” chapters. I sent them to Bill and he wrote his “man” chapters.
I still laugh when I remember what happened next. One of my strengths is the picky stuff–cleaning up grammar, punctuation, etc., so I promptly applied my editorial skills to Bill’s copy . . . and received a very nice email reminding me that I should just let his participles dangle. LOL!
I agreed. Let the editor do his job; mine was just to represent the picky female perspective. So we both polished our respective chapters and sent them in. And I had to admit that a lot of the charm of the story was the very different approach we had to the writing. 🙂
And isn’t there a lesson in that? How many times do we marry a man because he has strengths we lack . . . and then we try to make him over to be like us! It never works, thank goodness.