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My story calls for the main characters to break up for at least two years, before getting back together. (In this particular case, the breakup is for ethical reasons - the relationship began when the two were therapist and patient)

How do I keep them apart but still keep the story going?

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Hi, and welcome to Writers. Stack Exchange is not like other sites. We require concrete, practical questions which have the potential to help others. As it stands, this question (a) has too many questions (b) is too localized to your story (c) is more of a brainstorming or discussion question, which are both off-topic here. If you want to rewrite this post to focus on "How do I keep my main characters apart for dramatic reasons?", that's something the community can help you with. –  Lauren Ipsum Nov 22 '13 at 13:10
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I rephrased this slightly; I suspect it's more clear now. –  Standback Nov 23 '13 at 19:31

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She is audited by the ethics arm of the board which gave her her professional license. He's a former patient. The board tells her to break it off or lose her license. In the intervening two years, she realizes that he is worth losing her license for, or alternately finds another job.

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If you're writting in first person, you can just continue with the story of the MC and what happens with his/her life during that time.

If you're writting in third person, you can try to combine both stories during the time. Is he still the therapist during the two years and they "only" break the relationship or do they stop the therapy too? If they stop completely, you can just write their lifes separated, each time one chapter or mixing the threads in the same one and divide chapters by "real-story" time.

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I am writing in first person and therapy has ended for five months, but the relationship has not. I need a dramatic way to break them up... She is the therapist by the way. –  Domina Nov 22 '13 at 13:34
    
Some ideas: 1. he is cheating her with her secretary, 2. the therapist ex-boyfriend re-appears in her life and the patient is jelous, so after an argue they broke up or decide to "take a time" (this idea can occur just in the opposite way), 3. She discover he is married even when they're having a relationship, 4. Problems with the family. –  serfe Nov 22 '13 at 13:41
    
Just think about people you know and why or how did they break up with their expartners. –  serfe Nov 22 '13 at 13:41
    
They love each other too much to let something small break them up. So it has to be something neither of them can control. And it has to have the potential to keep them apart of years... –  Domina Nov 22 '13 at 13:47
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She is audited by the ethics arm of the board which gave her her professional license. He's a former patient. The board tells her to break it off or lose her license. In the intervening two years, she realizes that he is worth losing her license for, or alternately finds another job. –  Lauren Ipsum Nov 22 '13 at 15:20

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